Over a year ago now, on RT 13, Victor the Prophet delivered what came to be known as the First Sermon of Scheming (to date, there has been no Second Sermon of Scheming delivered):
“Know what you want. Then get what you want.”
I suspect we won’t be hearing from Victor on the blog for quite some time, so I think today’s post will be dedicated to him and his inspirational words. The First Sermon of Scheming is the foundation of a Quentinist life, although I like to employ the slightly modified “STRIVE for what you want,” as the second line because I admit that not every goal can be attained and perhaps there are some that shouldn’t be. It is often what my advice to people boils down to: “Decide what you want and go for it.” There are few problems in life that can’t be at least alleviated through that strategy. The principle behind it is that a decision that you believe in, whether or not it’s the “right” decision, is better than a decision you don’t feel that you can get behind, regardless of outcome or success rate or societal morality or etc.
And yes, I did just use the word “Quentinist.” I’ll post about this more in the future, but I have a concept in my head of what this word means and I’ll keep trying to define it as time goes on and the definition solidifies in my own mind. In short, though, it’s an ideology based on the First Sermon. A Quentinist makes independent decisions that make sense to her or him. A Quentinist decides what she or he wants. Then a Quentinist strives for what he or she wants. It is a pretty simple ideology to live by, but a lot of people don’t. This is something I’m working to incorporate more into my own life and hopefully I can inspire others to do the same.
In the meantime – Quentin OUT. As always, thanks for reading.