I find this View to be particularly important. The 7th picture, last paragraph, encapsulates what the Realms is all about (or was back in 1990). Read and it let us know how you feel about it. There are also some other bits such as a story, a look at the mentality of fighting and a discussion on heraldry.
[Thanks to Janna "Iawen" Oakfellow-Pushee for the scans.]