With ignorance and arrogance, success is assured.
A "beot" is a boast, a promise to do something outrageous, something impossible. Beowulf vows to fight Grendel without weapons or armor. That is a beot.
A beot consists of three parts:
- Pledge: an individual makes a vow, usually for a specific challenge, one that everyone assumes is impossible.
- Speculation of outcomes: there are only two outcomes, success or failure. Come back with your shield or on it.
- Commissioning to a higher power: in old poems, they would declare that the outcome was due to a higher power (God or fate). We will skip this one, since I do not believe God and fate is a fickle thing.
"I'm just one hundred and one, five months and a day."
"I can't believe that!" said Alice.
"Can't you?" the Queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."
Alice laughed. "There's not use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Make an impossible promise. Vow to do something so outlandish, no one will believe you. It doesn't matter if you succeed. Failure is always an option. Just proclaim the fact that you will do something that is so crazy, so out there, people will assume you are joking. But you are not.
I am going to make a beot now. An impossible promise:
Within a year, the Slender Man will be dead.
Trust me. It's almost time for summer.
The invincible summer.