What is a quest?
It was something many different people of old did (before tv, internet, and air conditioning) as a part of the journey to self discovery and purpose.
To test oneself was part of proving oneself. Some did to prove themselves to their fathers, others their kindgoms, or to their tribes. Hopefully, most also wanted to prove something to themselves.
But the journey of a quest seems to be lost these days. The average person is focused on finding comfort, entertainment, and distraction as their daily goals. To venture forth and seek adventure, challenge, danger, and adversity to prove oneself outside of military avenues is almost unheard of.
I suspect the attraction for young men to adrenaline sports and video games is about as close as they can get. But neither of these has the main component - a purpose of great value and discovery. Winning and killing as a game are not quests, they are childish substitutes.
A therapist shared with me in his work with traumatized veterans that almost 100% of the time their deepest reason to go to war was to prove their worthiness to their father. Worthiness though is really the key here.
How we as a society define worthiness is at the heart of it all. We reward the superficial and inconsequential while choosing to abdicate responsibility for the worthy and valuable. Money and fame have replaced the desire to lift up and empower.
A daring adventure can be a quest or it can be just another journey for the sake of entertainment.
I am saddened by the fact that so many are afraid of the real world and have lost themselves in a virtual world with no tangible consequences for their choices and actions.
I am even more disappointed that power to dominate and subjugate is used to feel important and worthy at any cost to another.
Where has the quest gone to? I fear it has been lost but to the few who realize that what they truly seek in this world lies not in the world itself, but what they become within from the quest itself.
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!