Gautama Buddha, Ayn Rand, and Martin Luther

Famous characters. Different philosophies. You might ask what they have in common - if anything at all. Nirvana, Wealth and Heaven. All end states of different logical frameworks.

Instead of subscribing to a common idea, they all created a new path, choosing solitude in thought. Buddha spent his nights trying to figure out how to be present, Ayn wanted to understand how to serve her own self-interest, and Martin did not accept the monetization of his belief. 

Martin stated that reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

On the other hand, Ayn though that reason is an axiom, a divine truth that everyone should live by. This formed her view; I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

While Ayn accumulated fame and wealth as she lived out her philosophy, Buddha concluded that this was the root for his suffering. To be present, he had to stop being concerned by his property, and the adjectives he used to describe his I. Buddha understood that what we think, we become. Later becoming a victim of his own understanding.

Contrary to their fates, most are forgotten. People are too afraid to do what they did. Most people have grit, but they contemplated it, and choose to look another way. Ease is not something shameful, and can save energy if handled right. Yet many fall in the habit of comfort, clutching together with likeminded shaping a clog in our common thought.

Original thinkers have simple ideas. They often start by asking the most humblest of questions – why? Just like you once did. The difference is that they nourished their seeking. Curiosity turned into motivation, passion, slowly misleading them into a state uncomfortable for most. Loneliness.

They all started with a simple notion, focusing on it so much that they did not pay attention to the diminishing light around them. What was seeded with an idea soon shaped the root of a framework - a stem to make order of the world. Their frameworks gave them meaning, which motivated them, and led to an obsessive passion.

When Martin Luther walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, when Buddha reached his 49th day of meditation under a fig tree, and Ayn wrote her 92-page radio speech for John Galt in Atlas Shrugged - they were all trapped - trapped in their own reality.

Perhaps many of our celebrated minds were lunatics, they had such devotion that they preached their subjective reality. They all perfected their talents, to express themselves in their beliefs, and thereby revealing the very essence of self-expression.

Many people are too afraid to do what they did. Solitude trickles. It starts with your spine, later stuffing your lower back, ties, filling your mind with anxiety. Thoughts then multiply, leaving your gaze in emptiness to finish in a voiceless scream.

Their strength endured the discomfort of monophobia to the point that they could harvest the fruits of their own philosophy, making their framework the opium of their daily lives.

Many people comfortably spend time on things that they do not like. Others have sufficient achievements without any meaning, and only a few harvest the fruits of their own philosophy.

Rebirth

By Earl Willemn

“To have the beginning of a truly great story, you need to have a character you’re completely and utterly obsessed with. Without obsession, to the point of a maddening addiction, there’s no point to continue. ” -Jennifer Salaiz

Most people never choose their character. They are thrown out of a bleeding vagina straight into school; trembling between characters, to find themselves stuck in the ordinary due to a fear of social exclusion.

“We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about.” - Jack Kerouac

At the age of twenty you have already forgotten that you created who you are. You have built an empire, thickening the bailey for every year, protecting yourself in your own reality. You are afraid, just like the rest of us.

“Too often the people complain that they have done nothing with their lives and then they wait for somebody to tell them that this isn’t so.” – Charles Bukowski

We are all born as creative geniuses, only leaving our splash of insanity to the dark hours of the night when our mind blindlessly wonders. To be able to repaint your canvas, you need to be brutal. You ought to remove the pillars that you built your castle on, slowly watching it crumble in despair, leaving you naked in the pond of creation.

“I awoke only to find that the rest of the world was still asleep.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

You will tremble before you get there. The more you question, the more questions you will have. You need to see who you are to detect its polar, to then crush it by embracing its reality. For every opposite that you crush, you are tossed around seeking a new polar to deconstruct, obsessively getting closer to were you once came from – nothingness - a state where madness borders to depression.

“I have studiously tried to avoid ever using the word ‘madness’ to describe my condition. Now and again, the word slips out, but I hate it. ‘Madness’ is too glamorous a term to convey what happens to most people who are losing their minds. That word is too exciting, too literary, too interesting in its connotations, to convey the boredom, the slowness, the dreariness, the dampness of depression.” - Elizabeth Wurtzel

The moment you stop pretending you are sane, you can choose your own insanity. Choose it wisely, carefully and then live it, embrace it with all your heart, and mind. 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain

Buddha, Ayn Rand and The Pope

Famous characters, different philosophies, you might ask what they have in common - if noting at all. Nirvana, Wealth and Heaven. All end states of different logical frameworks. If you are convinced enough of a framework to practice it you might be able to harvest the fruits of its philosophy.

To be in a meditative state for your whole life, ruthlessly play the game of capitalism, or endlessly praise your love to god; you need to be rather manic in your thought. You need to feed yourself with thoughts to build an artifact – reality - blindingly sucking all the meaning of the word.

If you practice Buddhism, using your own breath and consciousness to determinately understand your own nature; if you live by Ayn’s philosophy objectivism, strictly following rationalism to pursue ones own self interest; or praising all the world’s wonders by devoting one’s life to God – you are rational in your own logic.

By devoting your life to a logic framework, you give it meaning, which is the cradle of motivation that leads to passion. The blunt reality is that: there is no meaning to life, only the meaning we give to it, and all the meaning we give to it is fiction.

All the great minds from our history were lunatics, they had such devotion that they could perfect their minds within the realm of their reality. They all perfected their talents, to express themselves in their beliefs, and thereby revealing the very essence of self-expression.

What they all shared in common were the act of thinking, lead by intuition, and a strive for perfection. Many people deny the thinking of Buddha, the thinking of Ayn, or the words in the Bible – only denying the possibility to ever create something of greatness. By not contemplating thoughts that are radically different to your own, you constrain your thinking, leaving yourself in the faded space of ignorance.

You can live your life in the realms of other peoples thinking, or create a new path. Lead by your thinking. But why reinvent the wheel? Most people don’t contemplate - still minds clutching together forming the gray mass of the status quo.

Great minds only share one thing in common – the notion of value. They bleed to understand the bottlenecks in our society. They ask themselves how they can use the gray mass within their skull to enrich life itself.