It is about Justice, about protecting the weak, uplifting the downfallen, punishing the wicked. Justice above all - that is the code of the Paladin.
When you are a Paladin, you are the Shield for he who cannot defend himself, the Healer for he who is too broken to go on, and the Sword that strikes unerringly to slay the forces of evil.
To be a Paladin is to be Right.
There is no pride, no arrogance in that statement. To Be a Paladin you are right. You choose the harder choice because it will help someone, it will make a difference, rather than rid you of a problem. When there is a law harming the innocent, you remove that law
When there is a man abusing his position, you will undo his actions.
When there is a monster preying on the weak, you will destroy it.
To be a Paladin, there is no choice you need to make, because you wont think, you will ALWAYS chose what is right, not what is easy.
Pray to the Light
Follow the law
Respect your fellow man, or whatever irrelevant trivialities you may do. All that matters is that you have faith in your actions. That they will one day make the world a better place.
But being a Paladin is also about the small things, not only the great ones.
You give comfort to the sick, even if you are too weak to lay on hands. You build bridges and mend fences, literally, and help invisibly with menial tasks. You give counsel where it is welcome, and where that council is unwelcome you sacrifice your own dignity to soften others' hearts.
And above all, only when you discover there is no other option, nothing left of the person you're trying to save but a shell of a man hiding a monster, do you call forth that famous righteous fury and kick him so hard his body falls apart in two halves.
A paladin is a symbol of what he fights for. Some fight for country, some for glory, some to protect the innocent, some for vengeance and so on; what they have in common is their willingness to sacrifice of themselves for their cause. This is what separates a Paladin from other men: that in the same situation where a normal soldier would break, run and hide -the cause be damned- he will fight and die on his feet for what he believes in. Paladins are about ideals, not profit; struggle, not ease; truth, not politics. They are neither leaders nor followers because they walk their own path.
A Paladin is the last full measure of devotion a man can give to his purpose in life.
What makes a paladin so powerful is very plainly stated. Faith. Not in any gods, not in the laws of man. No these are empty meanings of the word. Faith that what the paladin does will always be just, will always be righteous, that he will put the needs of others before the needs of himself. That when surrounded by doubt and betrayal, he stands shining, the one last thing you can trust in the world. While it seems the word is ending around you, and all hope is lost, he is still there. He will help you, he will save you from the deep dark of evil; be it from men's heart or the devils grasp. He is there so you will not give up. That you will stand tall against injustice. from him you gain hope, courage, and determination
He is standing bold in his faith... so that you will not lose faith.
To be a Paladin... is to be a Hero in the truest sense of the word.