Knight Club: Levels of Love

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The first rule of Knight Club: you must talk about Knight Club.

In the comments on my first Knight Club post, my friend Jor Bratko talks about “raising adults”, and points out that:

the legitimacy of my authority like all legitimate authority comes from love: the care of the other

He is absolutely correct.  I actually knew this, but I didn’t understand how it applied to fatherhood. Part of the problem is that the English word “love” refers to (at least) three different phenomena, which in this context I call Baby Love, Bro Love, and Boss Love — loosely inspired by the four loves described by C.S. Lewis.

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Knight Club: The Knight’s Code

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The following is based on 1 – Introduction – The Training of a Knight – Age of Chivalry – Thomas Bulfinch, adapted surprisingly little to match the challenges of a preschool boy in modern America.

Knights:

  1. Respect their elders
  2. Serve the church
  3. Help their friends
  4. Protect the weak

I added the converse, to help clarify appropriate versus inappropriate behavior.

Bullies:

  1. Disobey their elders
  2. Disrupt the church
  3. Fight their friends
  4. Take from the weak