Quest as Your Personal Story
concept of living one's life as a quest is central
to the understanding of Chivalry-Now. The 12 Trusts,
the Deeper Concepts, the commitment to a virtuous
life that we call Knighthood, all revolve around the
dynamics of the quest and the principles it generates.
as a quest is a process of development through which we purposefully
learn and grow from life itself, and make a positive difference
in the lives of others. Everyday events, both good and bad, provide
learning opportunities when we see them as such. The choices they
challenge us to make not only reflect who we are, our principles
and values, they bring to life what we believe. The idea of a quest
encourages us to make purposeful choices to bring out the best of
who we are - our inner heroes, for lack of a better term. The goal
of this process is to develop our lives, not only for ourselves,
but for the greater good.
this, it helps to think of your life as a story - different, yet
similar to the archetypal stories that come down to us as edifying
including our own, progress from a beginning to a middle to an end.
The beginning introduces the main character (us) and sets the stage
and initial direction that the quest will take. Parents, siblings,
teachers - our entire environment, contribute to that. In a sense,
we are merely determined products of our environment. As time goes
on, nature prods us toward a desire for independence.
The question is, will we respond to it by actually learning to think
We always have
the choice of defying nature by not cultivating our budding independence.
We can remain stagnant, a product shaped by the expectations of
the marketplace, or parents, or friends, or whatever feels comfortably
acquired from learning experiences are not welcomed by those who
prefer not to deal with them. The sole determinants of their lives
become limited to work, bodily functions, numbing distractions and
the processes of age. When they die, they leave behind nothing of
distinction to account for their lives - and they consider that
okay. As a story, no one cares to read it.
once said that all the world is a stage. I would not
put it like that exactly, but the theatrics are real and call upon
us for capable and interesting performances. Comedy, tragedy, farce.
History-based drama. Occasional moments that move the heart like
poetry. It is all there for the taking in our daily lives, if we
take live seriously enough to become personally heroic.
While life comes
with no script to recite, or outline to follow, Chivalry-Now
offers a code to guide us on our quest. The 12 Trusts.
If you seek a story with deeper meaning, we offer certain keys of
insight called the Deeper Concepts.
And the best
thing is, you respond to them on your own, with no director to push
you this way or that. The quest, which respects freedom, and gives
freedom its meaning, allows for you to be actor, director and producer,
all in one.