Solitary Enlightenment

Solitary Enlightenment within a collective socialized environment is difficult when the normalcy is based on redundancy of behavior and acting like everyone else. As such, thinking like everyone and subsequently responding to all external stimuli reflects societies reinforced sameness.

Hence, the extreme difficulty in achieving any sense of individuality that has not already been co-opted by corporate advertising profit making schemes.

Think Different?

Really?

Must be difficult since mass popularity created the opposite effect. But whose fault is that, consumer or industry?

Solitary Enlightenment
Solitary Enlightenment
Consider the quote from a Buddhist perspective. There is a strong stoic element to the self reliance expressed in this philosophy. In today’s turbulent economic, political and social environment, this is an extremely viable way to approach one’s surroundings. In all honesty, it is an affirmation of sovereign individuality and a strong reaffirmation against RELIANCE on the system (GOV & Statist policies) for any type of social entitlements. In essence, a man must live according to his own devices as an individual. Depending on NO ONE is an attack on the social herd-ism and communal-ism we have prevalent in western Anglo thought. This borrows heavily from the Hagakure, Book of The Samurai. It is spartan in nature and brutal in truth. I would like to add that such an abstract could also include the rejection of the external (noise) is when you find truth. Hence, the meditative solitary stance and practice prevalent in Buddhism which brings enlightenment and resolve as well as character discovery. Food for thought.

From the Hagakure, one of my favorite quotes by Master Yamamoto Tsunetomo:

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking.”


Solitary Enlightenment