We have been speaking a lot about being OPEN during the past several posts. It is only fitting that the Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale embrace their calling to be Unified through their Diversity, because this belief and way of life requires being open. And being open requires courage, the one quality of character that best personifies a Knight.
Emerson said, "Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think." It is our courage to live and think that gives the Knight of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale the ability to remain open to diversity.
This requires a liberal mind, liberal meaning being open to all possibilities. A conservative mind remains closed to all things new. Now, it is possible to have a liberal mind and be conservative in nature and politics; however, it is next to impossible to be conservative in mind and open to diversity at the same time.
Being open and liberal of mind requires risk and venerability, two qualities that are often too scary to embrace fully. This is why courage and the ability to be stouthearted are necessary for the Knight who travels the trail of diversity.
When the trail is traveled well we are privy to an abundant life, full of possibilities, discoveries and a fullness that not only fills us up, but also spills over, like a fine ale, to touch those we encounter on our journey.
So, being OPEN plants the seed to the Fruits of Diversity: Courage, Trust, Abundance and the ability to Think, Drink and Be Merry!
Be Stouthearted, OPEN and Liberal in Mind!
Sir Hook the Abundant Fruits of Diversity Harvester of Warrick