And since there’s this discussion about great men…

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Random

This thought just came in to me, minutes after I was done writing that entry about Conan.

Just like Jesus in his 40 days’ disappearance and being tempted by the devil in the desert, I noticed that there is one common ground that a lot of great people, in their middle-age life, had gone through – they went to a journey, away from the world that they were in, and came back as totally reformed individuals. They journeyed and their physical bodies experienced a lot of hardships at times, being far away from their comfort zones. Most of the time though, it is their souls that did the travelling.

I want to believe that that part of the Bible that tells the story of Jesus Christ and his desert journey, is just a figurative interpretation. Who knows what else happened in those forty days? He might have travelled far enough and experience a different culture from say, the far out lands of India, perhaps? And when he went back, he was already teaching stuff similar to what you are supposed to know from Buddhism.  A journey from Jerusalem to India within forty days in his time, was not impossible at all. Well, that’s just me thinking randomly there. I don’t know much of the detail as I am not a fan of the Book.

Hell, even Anakin Skywalker took that road, when he was in search of her mother. He was a good apprentice – only consumed by hatred for the creatures that murdered his family, and frustrations and shortcomings of being a Jedi apprentice, all of these  made him join the dark side. He was still, for me, the best fictional villain the human mind has ever created, for he was a combination of all – love, anger, power, passion, desire… epic greatness worthy of a saga. Forget about Harry Potter, Darth Vader’s tales are of a different level.

Conan O’Brien went on a hiatus from the television scene, for 17months. He went to stand ups, made an album and a documentary. He grew his beard. did things that he normally did not use to do while he was away.

Steve Jobs, although did not technically went to a journey physically, but the lessons that he took in calligraphy nurtured his soul, and it was the key to his success driving designs in Apple Computers. He had his hardships mostly in the early years of his academic life.

Rizal’s exile in Dapitan is also a good example. It was a very tranquil place, very serene, paradise-like. It wasn’t exile at all, it seemed like a vacation before his dreaded execution. His greatest enemy probably was loneliness and being away from his family.

With all these in mind, I would like to believe, that I, at my age, am still young, and still have a lot to experience. I have not even yet had that share of my rock bottom, not that I am longing for it to happen, but no one will ever be so prepared. It is meant to devastate you, and you will be. It’s meant to leave an indellible mark in your life in exchange for something greater. That’s for me to know and to discover. I just have to brace myself for whatever that will be.

As per Jobs’ words : “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” And trust I must. And then someday, I will have my share of immortality (I wonder why I always have that thing in mind, the search and desire for it?)

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Conan: Your path at 22 will not necessarily be your path at 32 or 42.  One’s dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, changing course.

Luhrman:  “Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life.  The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.”

Jobs:  “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

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They seem to not know where they were heading during their younger years. They all seem to talk about braving the uncertain, unchartered territories in their lives. What makes you so afraid of how you’re going with yours then?

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