Great men have often become great only by realising the true power of being completely aloof. In contradiction with the current trend of sharing your every banal thought and indulging in the most abominable mirth and skulduggery, those bound to greatness have chosen a different path- a path that often leaves them alone in the wilderness and is often strewn with lost relationships and a damaged psyche. They hurt and hurt until they finally rise above the vagaries of an emotionally harrowing life. Our opinions on the subject may differ on different scales of perception of the human condition. However, at heart, the problem still remains the same- Great men in any generation have always had to deal with a dysfunctional life, failed relationships, ridicule and quite so often, pitchforks and angry mobs. The question then remains- Why do they do what they do, if doing so would push them on the oath to godlessness? Why must they reject their own natures to create something or someone more powerful than the accepted normal?
Human beings have always had a tendency to domesticate themselves and in the process, tame others too into submission and surrender to the idea of the world that is collective living. Individualism, in its purest form, still struggles to survive amongst the varying ideas of society and community living, and with individualism, so does greatness. Despite being the one and only tool of deliberate discovery, invention and entrepreneurship, individualism, or rather, selfism/egoism has often been treated with patronising dislike and the viewpoint that it is too narrow an idea to allow the world to stand on its own too feet and sustain.Such attitudes are suffused with imprecations and intense loathing of arrogance and selfishness. However, as a curious observer and an active participant in this moral lacrosse, I have not only come to accept egoism as the only beneficial ideology, I also regard it as the only acceptable and reasonable moral choice.
The narratives dealing with egoism are vast and multitudinous. However, despite the proliferation of philosophies championing the cause of self, only a handful men and women have managed to evaluate and profess this idea with a semblance of coherence and charisma. Ayn Rand being foremost among them, is quite widely read and respected. However, there is a misunderstanding attached with her writings, especially those falling in the fiction genre- that she propagates the idea of complete, unadulterated and uninhibited freedom with a vicious disregard for authority, responsibility and morality. Such an understanding, while not only flawed also undermines the purpose and importance of her work as an objective philosopher and observer of the human condition. These hippy commune like ideas popular in the counterculture movement of the 60s in the United States, are unacceptable and despicable to an objective philosopher- especially, one that believe in the virtue of labour and self.
Now that we have covered in brief the vicissitudes of selfism and egoism, we need to come back to the question I asked at the end of the first paragraph. The answer is simple and most readily evident. Great mean do great things which leads them to godlessness and suffering because that is the only acceptable way to live for a man of intellectual superiority, a kindred spirit and a certain moral quality which distinguishes him from the inordinate mortal tapestry that we hold so firmly on to as our idea of a social world. Such men and women must break free from banal endeavours and social mores, in order to forge a reliable and lustrous future for human kind. Ever so often they succeed and ever so often they fail, but what remains constant is our indifference/hate towards remarkable change. We all wish to vie for perfection, but only a few have the mettle to pursue this elusive endeavour with unparalleled vigour and a formidable foresight.