Quest - Your Path to Western Enlightenment
quest is an open and positive
engagement with life that purposely views everything as a learning
experience. Life is seen as the classroom for human development.
The goal is not a diploma, but the attainment of personal authenticity,
and then applying that authenticity to improve life for everyone.
The quest has
been mythologized as a journey wrought with challenges and learning
experiences that results in the creation of an adept hero of change.
Because of its pertinent universality, Joseph Campbell referred
to the person who quests as the Hero with a Thousand Faces.
This commonality provides the means to unite us all.
the quest work in our daily lives?
It is an attitude
through which we reflect upon situations that we encounter in order
to learn their deeper meanings, while cultivating virtue at the
same time. This process is how human nature produces mature, unique
Nothing is more
natural than learning through experience. This is why we recognize
the systematic value of the quest as relevant for everyone.
up when we fixate on one particular lesson to the exclusion of all
others, and failing to see how they interrelate. When we obsess
on a single and often misguided conclusion, and build it into a
dominating life principle, it becomes the anchor point at which
our journey prematurely ends. We cease to grow and authenticity
cannot be achieved.
lead to a life of wisdom and balance. When we allow one insight
to control and define all other perceptions, it leads to extremes,
to insecurities, neuroses, fanaticism - in other words, to the stunted
growth of a mind that is closed to the important insights that life
teaches. When that happens, our humanity becomes crippled, no matter
how successful we may otherwise seem. We get trapped obsessing about
gossip, or wealth, or political ideologies, or possessions, or ego,
or sex, or chemical escapes. Instead of returning as a hero, we
may become predators, or perpetual victims, or addicts, or sad,
faceless people lost in the crowd.
This is why
the quest dynamic is so important in Chivalry-Now. We consider
it our sacred charge to protect and encourage this time-tested process
through which authentic human beings are made. We want to make sure
that every child is set on his or her own unique course with adequate
preparations and support. In this way, society will also evolve,
creating a world of peace and understanding so that human progress
can leap forward from its present stagnation, as it should. The
prospect is both personally and universally exciting.
life as a quest gives the concept of freedom its greatest meaning.
What is the value of freedom, after all, if not the ability to live
life fully in the cultivation of virtue? This is how human nature
If you would
like engage your quest now, the process is simple. Open your
mind. Live in the present. Learn from all experiences, even the
most mundane and repetitive. As you continue to grow
and learn, develop your own code of ethics. If you find yourself
on a misguided path that does not honor the rich spontaneity of
life, a path dictated by some traumatic or even jubilant experience
of the past, find another path. Better yet, make your own. Stop
determining the values of things by how they profit only your ego,
or fill your bank accounts, or give you power over others. Try seeing
things as they really are, and how they relate to others beside
yourself. Be open to personal growth as you learn. Seek it on every
highway and in moments of solitary silence. Think "wisdom"
rather than "expediency," "compassion"
rather than "exploitation."
Make a difference
in people's lives. Pause to help them. Learn from them as well.
Meet each challenging adventure with a responsive heart and mind.
Know well how
important your quest is. No one else's quest is exactly the
same as yours. No one responds the way you will. You are
irreplaceable in that regard - an irreplaceable hero who should
not be wasted.
is here to help you with time-tested guidelines from the past. It
offers the 12 Trusts, a code of ethics that can help you
build your life from a sound, cultural foundation. For those who
seek more, we offer a treasure trove of concepts that shed light
on the deeper meaning of truth (aletheia), the greatest
good (areté), the impulse toward destiny
(telos), personal transformation (anagnorisis), our
relationship with nature (ordo mundi), the impetus
of reason and conscience (Nature's Law), the requirements
of the coming age (Kairos), and more.
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