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The Bigger Picture

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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.

—Ayn Rand,
How many of you out there have ever wondered –Who am I? Does my name define who I am? Is it my actions that shape me? Is it my decisions that become the parameters for my individuality? Or is it a cumulative effect of all this or is it perhaps much more?

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!

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My Scars are not Just Skin Deep

My scars are not just skin deep
They mean so much to me
They remind me everyday of who I am..
Of what it means to be ME

My wounds have healed over the years
Only their pain remains etched in memory ,
But my scars … They are left
Left for all to see !

While tears could drench my sorrow,
An hope could outshine my pain,
While faith taught me how to fight,
My scars remind me that I shall no longer be the same .

OH ! my scars are not just skin deep,
And now they’re left for all to see,
But I shall wear them with all my pride
After all they are a part of ME !

My past has passed
The future remains
To mold it shape it with the hands of reality,
I choose to see the light in the dark
I choose to be a better Me !

My scars are not just skin deep,
They run deeper than you shall ever see,
Only time will tell if they choose to heal,
Only time will tell if they too fade into memory !

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Graduation

Our lives may take us on paths anew
Afresh with promises and maybe a few dreams .. or two ?!
And once this road has gone a mile
You may wanna cry or even smile,
For the tears that washed you’re pain
Or those fairy tale dances in the rain.
You may wanna tap you’re feet
To the new melody life has unleashed

Spring, Autumn,
In summer or rain…
Once again those scars will wash away
You will stand up with surer feet
Ready to take the world while you’re asleep (?!)

Then a bend will come ,
As sure as Summer after hail
It may want to make you scream & shout
Make you want to just get out !..
But Once all that has passed
Fellow friends will smile and say
Come take my hand … Lets go ,
For there is much more life has to show
It may seem sometimes to live is evil
Spin it ’round and you will see…
But don’t forget the reverse is also true !!

Because life ends only when it has to begin again
..It starts once it has already ended, faded , washed away !

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Life …

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A road stretches miles ahead

Two girls traverse this path,

One clad in scarlet red,

Other a the mist of dark

After a while they cross a path,

Where at cross-roads do they a traveler meet …

Lo! Behold!, he cries ,’At last ! ‘

For lonely has been his weary path .

Of the two the former gives a solemn look

The latter an empty glance

But oh! he see not the windows of their soul

So transfixed is he by their stance…

Not far behind a lone child lays

Stretching out an helpless hand..

The traveler looks at this forlorn being

And tries to reach…but with an empty hand.

His eyes lay on the beauties ahead

Even as he moves to help this child..

Alas his traitor feet

Lead him to the girls instead !

They look on at this play of fate ,

Amusement lining their hollow face

The traveler stumbles and falls

The girls look on with no regret ;

The child still has its arms outstretched ,

The traveler looks away .

He tries to get up,

Alas tis in vain

And so he crawls to the temptress’ feet …

A silent plea, an outstretched hand ….

The one clad in red says –

‘Come! I have waited long,

The fire of passion needs your soul’

‘Once she’s done, come by!

For I have use for what is left ‘

Says the one in black .

The former is lust ,

The latter greed ,

And together the advance upon their helpless prey .

The child looks on,

Knowing that fate has played a cruel hand .

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The girls move on in seek for another soul ……….