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Post by dean jacques on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:54 am

Kairos - Time for Change

Of all the Concepts of the previously Hidden Teachings of Chivalry-Now, Kairos stands out as the most unique. It does not deal with personal development or a deeper understanding of cultural ideals. Instead, it calls our attention to the possibility of a globally transformative event that will shape the future direction of all humanity.
This may sound like some New Age or end-of-the-world prophecy, unworthy of Chivalry-Now's usually straight-forward and rational intent. It is therefore commendable to examine it closely with a critical eye.
For our purposes, the word Kairos (pronounced key-ros) refers to an auspicious moment in time when significant evolutionary change happens due to a combination of historical variables. In contrast, from a theological point of view, Paul Tillich described it as a special time when the eternal breaks into the temporal and people respond. Both descriptions recognize moments in time that are fertile for change — more than fertile, inevitably insistent, providing irresistible catalysts for human development.
This recognizes that human thought and understanding have transformed over time, and that transformation, no doubt, will continue in the future as well. We are aware of how things change gradually. Styles change. Values adjust. Empires rise and fall, etc. Occasionally, however, and history bears this out, the perspectives of the human mind become modified in great leaps of consciousness, leading to rapid change. We refer to these explosive transformational events as Kairoi (the plural of Kairos.)
By anticipating the possibility that more of these events will happen in the future Chivalry-Now follows the idea to its logical conclusion. Kairos events happen. While we cannot predict when, we may be facing one now.
What is a Kairos event? Kairos is a Greek word that translates into English as "the right time." It refers to points in history when significant evolutionary leaps of consciousness place humanity on a new and unprecedented direction. One might think of them as sudden bursts of human development. People see the world differently. Life is never quite the same.
A very significant Kairos event occurred in what is now called the Golden Age of Greece. In a mere two centuries, blossoming from a world of constant war and intellectual darkness, this bronze-age culture laid the groundwork for Western philosophy and the fundamental structure of every science. It achieved elegance in art and architecture that has yet been equaled, formed governments based on democracy and republican concepts, advanced the literary arts in writing, poetry and drama, and much, much more. It was part of what is now called an Axial Age, a global Kairos that produced equally as transformative advancements in Asia, the Middle East and India as well. For whatever reasons, the times were right for a contagious burst of human consciousness that resulted in massive intellectual change and cultural development.
Other events are considered products of Kairoi — chief among them include the early Christian era, the cultural achievements of Islam's Golden Age, the inspiration of Mohandas Gandhi that awakened the conscience of not only India but the Western world, and the Age of Enlightenment, which gave birth to the modern mind.
What precipitates a Kairos event? Each one is different, but we can glean common dynamics and results.
Historical advancements are cumulative. They interact with one another. Cultures connect and assimilate knowledge and values. The creative impulse contributes to that change in many and varied ways. Natural disasters occur in the forms of earthquakes, floods, plagues and famines. Devastation from war means starting over again. Exploration expands the way people think. Religions influence their times. Strong, good leaders bring progress, while leaders who are selfish and corrupt hold everyone back. People dream. They form ideals and seek to follow them. New discoveries in science can change everything over night.
When a number of these influences converge, something drastically new may be forged in the process. There is nothing magical, mystical or New Age about this. We are acknowledging sudden changes in the history of thought and the adjustments of consciousness that accompany them.
Chivalry-Now looks at these historical events and considers the possibility of another happening in the future — perhaps in our own lifetimes.
Is it possible that the throes of cultural and technological confusion that we presently suffer is setting the stage for a kairos event? The times are certainly ripe for change. The threats of nuclear war, climate change, myriad social problems, regressive politics, and widespread apathy certainly call for something radically dynamic.
While it is impossible to predict the occurrence of a Kairos event, we can certainly prepare for one. Perhaps by doing so we can help fulfill its outcome.
Historical Kairos events shared certain commonalities. They centered on freedom, human rights, citizen involvement, the use of reason, and an enthusiasm in contributing to the greater good. These are the attributes upon which we can reliably focus. By incorporating them in our lives, we can welcome and participate in a potential Kairos as instruments of change.
We will see things differently than we do now. We will be enthused by the realization of new values and partake in that enthusiasm creatively, as happened in Kairoi of the past. Illusions will not control us as they do now. Greed will no longer hamper us from embracing the greater good.
Chivalry-Now's code of ethics, the 12 Trusts, and the quest that comes with it, not only leads to personal fulfillment and the healing of social ills, it preserves and magnifies the very attributes that support a potential Kairos event. We preserve what is best within us as a foundation for what is yet to come. And if a Kairos event is not immanent, Chivalry-Now maintains its course to proactively initiate what improvements it can. The quest remains before us, no matter what happens.
As an addendum, when you see kairos spelled with a small "k," it refers to the present moment of time, not a specific historical or predicted transformational event.
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