” The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. “
– African Proverb
This is an intriguing proverb which has filled me with mystery and insights. I want to unravel this overawing subtlety. Man is a social animal. Abondenment is a suffering for him. Let it be a single person, but he needs someone. While being social, he has adopted the preconceived notions of the herd mentality. As he follows those principles and idelogies, he expects that the others should follow them as well.
If a person is an outlier or an outlaw, the society abondens him, makes him suffer through isolation. They have a pseudo-purpose behind this prejudice. They think an outlier is a danger for the society as he has the potential to disrupt their preconceived notions. Deep down, subconsciously they are jealous and envious about his true self.
The outliers who learn to enjoy this solitude go on to live a blissful life. The more the outlier suffers, the more the society tortures and dominates him. He must be courageous enough to ignore the noise and feel the euphoria of silence. The outlier goes through three stages of an intense emotional tycoon before reaching the so called elysium: fear, anger, silence.
Initially, he is horrorified by their tantrums andthe feeling of being a “misfit”. He undertakes ceaseless endeavours to fit in the so called moral norms of the society but experiences a great misery in the process. After feeling shattered, something else replaces this fear: the wrath of anger. In the heat of the moment, the extremely provoked outlier goes on to burn down the village. In that moment, he’s the omnipotent dominant entity. The smirk has now disappeared from the members of the society. The self-righteous tyrants are now the perplexed cowards who are astonished by the rebellious act of the misfit which they never anticipated.
The wrath of anger and fury slowly fades away. With the complete disapperance of this fury, the misfit is burdened by guilt. His soul is eaten by his conscience. As he contemplates over this situation in retrospect, he realises that he was driven by his rage which made him do the things which he’ll never do when he’s conscious.
This is the milestone where an epiphany occurs:
Smiling gazing at the moon…
An epiphany occured,
Roses are made of diamonds…
A diamond can cherish the mood
but a rose cannot cure the gloom?”
The moment he starts enjoying the solitude is the moment he becomes the resident of elysium and utopia.
Einstein is known to have quoted:
“Solitude is painful in youth, but fruitful in the years of maturity.”
It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Either you dominate you get dominated. It’s just like binary: either you’re zero or one. The African proverb implies an indispensable moral epiphany about it. It provides us insights about the potential of an outlier to disrupt havoc and wreakage if he’s not solaced and embraced.
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, a renowned blockbuster movie based on magic and wizardry illusrates this situation with the help of a concept known as an Obscurus: When a child is tortured and traumatised beyond measure, all his magical powers gradually turn to have the aura of dark magic. In the end, he’s transformed into an obscurus: A very powerful form of dark arts where one is transformed into an evil, voilent and furious creature whose sole purpose is to cause ceaseless destruction and havoc until it runs out of it’s energy.
“Empty-handed you come, empty-handed you go”
Diogenes was a rebellious mystic and is one of the most renowned philosophers. He had a very simple and minimalistic lifestyle. He lived naked and had no possessions except for a lamp. He walked with his lamp in full daylight claiming to be in search of an honest man. But he never found one and deduced that:
“ Humans live artificially and hypocritically and are nothing but rascals and scoundrels. I’ll rather study a dog because he lives in the present without claiming any abstract philosophy. ”
As a result, his only companion was a dog with whom he spent most of his time. When Plato asserted: “A man is nothing but a featherless chicken.”
Diogenes mocked him by bringing an actual featherless chicken to Plato’s Academy and then exclaimed: “Behold, I’ve brought you a man.”
During the same time, Alexander “The Great” was reaching unbelievable heights of fame, wealth and success with his ceaseless endeavours to conquer the world! While going to India, he was passing through Greece where Diogenes lived. Alexander had heard a lot of interesting tales about Diogenes and so he was excited to meet him. When Alexander came to meet him, Diogenes was lying naked on the sand near the banks of a river taking a sunbath. Alexander was embarrassed because Diogenes was naked and didn’t even stood up to greet him.
Alexander was surprised so he announced:
“Perhaps you don’t know who I am”
Diogenes laughed and continued to ignore him.
Alexander being even more astonished exclaimed:
“I am Alexander The Great !”
Diogenes looked at his dog and said :
“Woha ! Did you listen? This man thinks he is the greatest man in the world. He must be suffering from a great inferiority complex.”
Alexander was fascinated with his charisma and said:
“I would have loved to listen to your wisdom but I’m in a hurry and in a pursuit to conquer the world.”
Diogenes grimaced and said:
“Have you ever thought what will you do after conquering this world? Because there is only one world. ”
Alexander was perplexed and he replied:
“ Honestly, I have never thought about it. Perhaps I’ll relax after I conquer the world. ”
Diogenes again turned to his dog and uttered:
“ This man is crazy. He is watching me already resting and relaxing without conquering a thing! And he’ll relax after he has conquered the whole world. ”
Alexander was flabbergasted and ashamed at the same time because the truth was crystal clear. Being impressed with his wisdom he said:
“I can understand… I am looking foolish before you. Can I do anything for you? I have really fallen in love with you. I have seen great kings and great generals, but I have never seen such a courageous man like you, who didn’t even stood up to greet me”
To Alexander’s surprise Diogenes replied:
“Okay, so I demand you to move away from me. You’re blocking the sun. I am taking a sunbath, don’t you see?”
Alexander has developed a liking for his weirdness and so ignored his misdemeanour and said:
“I would have loved to listen to your wisdom but I’m in a hurry. I will meet you again after I conquer the world.”
Diogenes replied: “You’ll never come to me again.”
Alexander remembered him continuously throughout his journey to India. Surprisingly, Alexander never met him again as he died while returning from India. The bizarre coincidence was that Alexander and Diogenes died on the same day.
In Greek Mythology, the aftermath says that every dead must to cross a river which is the boundary between this world and the other. There is an interesting anecdote which says that: Diogenes and Alexander met each other while crossing the river. Alexander was embarrassed because this time he was also naked just like every other dead person. To hide his embarrassment Alexander exclaimed:
“Hello, Diogenes. Perhaps this may be the first time in the history of existence that a great emperor and a naked beggar are crossing the river together. ”
Diogenes grimaced and replied:
“It is, but you are not clear about who is the emperor and who is the beggar. You wasted your life but still you’re stubborn. Where is your empire? I have not lost anything because I had nothing, only that lamp. That too I had found by the side of the road – I don’t know to whom it belongs – and by the side of the road I have left it. I had gone into the world naked, I am coming from the world naked.”
Diogenes enjoyed every moment of his life with tremendous bliss. On the contrary, Alexander suffered with his colossal burden of ambition and did not actually live the moment. In fact, he died only at a mere age of 32.
This beautiful anecdote enlightens our lexicon about life.
“Life is a ticket to an amusement park, enjoy it while you can. Don’t be blinded by ambition or intoxicated by ego. Let go of everything you’re clinging to. Empty-handed you come and empty-handed you go. But still you go on accumulating, getting more and more attached and rooted in this world from where you have to leave. There is no point in possessing anything because the moment you start possessing something you are possessed by it. What you seek, seeks you!”
She has the wizardry to disrupt the havoc of mediocrity and transform it into something eternal, to the pinnacle of brilliance
The wrath of her grandeur is calamitous
Zenith of exquisite just like Aphrodite
Diligence that of a honey badger,
ceaseless endeavours longing for passion and contentment
Possesses a charm of intelligence just like Athena
An innate knack to inculcate wisdom
Possesses an Intuitive persona which unravels the mystic revelations of life
Benevolent heart as clear and as a crystal
and as prodigious as the ocean
Her vivacious persona is a glimpse into her benevolent and eternal soul
Her aura, par excellence…
Words are deceptive, abstract and generalised incompatible with feelings
A colossal dilemma for mankind…
Humans have become linguistic.
An omnipresent barrier between what we feel and what we say
Nevertheless I’ll endeavour to unravel her charisma:
The mysticism is surreal
Delightful yet esoteric
Overawed and thrilled by the intensity of her vibes
Her presence illuminates your persona
Elevating you to the pinnacle of excellence
Her fierce aura radiates a flamboyant vibe
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
― Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth aka “The Slugger” is considered as the most successful baseball player in history. During his reign, he broke and set many records some of which still remain unbeaten. exhibits his triumphant philosophy through this prodigious statement.
Every legend was once a beginner.
What makes them different is their perseverance and dedication. Pain will last for a minute or day. But if we quit it will last forever. Most of you don’t want success as much as you want sleep. We give up easily and we don’t climb our way towards the epitome.
I have heard an interesting anecdote:
A manager at a Company took a group of his employees to a golf course, where he introduced them to a virtuoso Golfer.
He made them watch him perform. He had a bunch of golf clubs , bats, pool sticks, anything you can think of that would be long and could be used to hit a golf ball. Out in the course were markers at 25, 50, 75, 100 yards on out to about 300 yards. This man went through a half hour display of hitting golf balls to these markers and landing every ball within about 2-feet of the marker. Hundreds of balls without fail. He was an absolute magician and could drive 300 yards, perfectly straight with a putter and hit a golf ball 100 yards (or to any marker) with a baseball bat just as well. It was unbelievable.
After this impressive display, the sales manager told the employees that he paid him $ 20,000 in cash to do that 30 minute show and paid for all of his expenses as well.
The showman told the employees the following:
“I bet you’re wondering how I am so good at hitting golf balls and how I can command such a high price for this short display of my talents. It’s not that I am a gifted golfer. I don’t have a great score on the course when I play an actual game. It’s not that I have natural talent. It took me a very long time to get good at these things. It’s just that I wake up every day and do the following:
I hit golf balls for 2 hours, take a break, hit golf balls for 2 hours, take a lunch, hit golf balls for 2 hours, take a break, and hit golf balls for 2 more hours and finish for the day.”
His simple point was that he gave 100% of his time to his job for those short bursts of time and didn’t waste his time at all while he was working at his job. That’s the secret.
In a time where it is so easy to think that you are sneaking by with minimal work and still getting paid while you waste time on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and drag yourself into mediocrity…
But, someone who is applying himself, 100% of the time is supposed to get ahead in life. You can be that person, if you live your live courageously and engrossing yourself into your work.