My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
What does it mean to truly exist for ourselves? How many of us are conscious of the ‘I’ that we so often use every day … I like it, I want it, I love it, I hate it… I…!
In reality, our every action, thought, our every need is in a way influenced by the people around us. When we say that we want to define ourselves, based on whose principle are we doing so? Who dictates the proper decorum of conduct? Who dictates whether a man is established or not? How many of us can really say that every action of ours has sprung from a conscious decision of our own being? How many of us can actually say that their life is theirs. From the time we are born to the last of our mortal days we are obligated. We are expected to support our parents, our children and occasionally even our friends.
Maybe we are doing this all wrong. Because ‘I’ is relative term, because the principle on which it is based is quite vague and inept. The answer lies in the fact that a concept such as individualism is a cumulative effect of everything that we, in essence, do?
The answer lies in the fact that by just being, by existing, by doing something that is purely us we are defining ourselves!
It isn’t our self that determines our actions, rather our actions which add on to our self, not defining it but establishing it! Our thoughts isn’t a by-product of our individuality, instead it is our individuality that is the by-product of our thoughts, actions and opinions.
Are we viewing our lives through the wrong end of the looking-glass? Are we seeking ‘self’, when it is but a vague imagery? Is it in reality nothing but a conventional concept?
If every atom could think, would it ponder about its purpose? If every dust particle had a free will would it think that its existence was too insignificant to matter at all! I believe that in questioning our actions, in seeking reason, in finding answers we are in fact defining and molding not only ourselves but everything around us.
Man creates and he destroys, rules are made only to be amended and broken. This is the beauty of existence! Right wrong, black or white …it’s all subjected to each individual’s perception.
The colors that we see around us in fact non-existent, they are merely the way in which the brain is perceives different wavelengths emitted and absorbed by different bodies. So in reality each person’s perception may vary. Some people are color blind so to them the sky is red and the grass blue. But that is their reality! So in the same way our thoughts and ideals will undoubtedly be shaped by the society that surrounds us but they still are conscious thoughts and thus they still do help in establishing ourselves!
By every conscious decision we make we are in essence strengthening our individuality! When you choose to watch a certain show, when you choose to read a certain book, when you choose to wear a dress you are establishing yourself! But when you do all these keeping someone else’s comfort in your mind… your ‘I’ ceases to exist and that is the harsh reality!
An individualist is a man who says: “I will not run anyone’s life—nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone—nor sacrifice anyone to myself.” – Ayn Rand
When you live for yourself, know that you have found the joy of living! When your happiness ends up making others happy know that you have succeeded! In every thought that is your own, you are creating reality! In every word you write, every thought you voice, every picture you paint, you create reality. And in reality lies existence. And in existing, in living you are defining, strengthening, establishing and shaping yourself! And therein lays your identity!
Never forget that you Matter! You are Important! Your voice deserves to be Heard! And only YOU can make that possible! It is YOUR reality and it is up to YOU to shape it!
Author note: Please feel free to share your views and opinions 🙂 It will be much appreciated!