From: Bunny Batzri
Our final question for today (although only question six of the round -- I'm willing to take four more) comes from RACHEL SLOMER of Eildon, who writes:
"I got asked a question and I was curious as to what your answer to it would be. I have to come up with my own answer but I think hearing another opinion would be good. My question is: what is a knight?"
You have asked a question that has as many answers as there are stars in the sky. Technically, according to my dictionary, a knight is ' a man-at-arms serving on horseback and admitted to a certain military rank with special ceremonies, including an oath to protect the distressed, maintain the right, and live a stainless life'. It also notes that the rank of knight is just below that of baronet, and that 'knight' can also be used to mean champion, partisan or lover. Most of the other strict definitions that I can find just say 'mounted man-at-arms' or 'gentleman-soldier'. So...lofty, but not something impossible to achieve. While knighthoods were never hereditary, they could be bought, and once given, they're almost never taken away.
But that's all mortal definitions, and while we often model ourselves on the humans around us, we're not them; we're allowed a certain measure of idealism, by virtue of our being dreams. It's one of the cooler things about being us. So, speaking from the spirit, rather than the letter, of what it means to be a knight?
A knight is someone who has accepted the nobility as an agency of protection, of preservation, of honour and of stability, and who has decided to become a part of that agency. That doesn't mean 'a knight is a drone who only does what he's told'; it means that a knight is someone who is working for the greater good. A knight is someone who keeps his Oaths as long as they are just, and -- when the choice comes to breaking an Oath or betraying what's right -- faces that choice with open eyes and true contemplation of what each choice means. A knight is someone who goes hungry so a child can eat, cold so a widow-woman can have a fire, and lonely so his love can seek the arms of someone who hasn't chosen justice before happiness.
A knight is someone who understands that sometimes, the road is hard, the choices are harder, and the happy endings come only for those around you, not for you; sometimes, no matter what you do and how valiantly you fight, you have to be the one who doesn't get what they want. A knight is ready to die for what he believes in, and do it gladly, if it means a chance for those around him to live just a little bit longer. A knight is brave, a knight is bold, a knight can be scared, but knows he's doing what has to be done. Knights have friends and family; they have lovers and children; they have everything the rest of us have, but they also have something more: a calling to change the world, one that they won't deny, even if it costs them everything, even when the road is long.
That's what I think a knight is.
Hope it helps.
C'mon, SOMEONE had to say it!