“Anybody who’s ever mattered, anybody who’s ever been happy, anybody who’s given any gift into the world has been a divinely selfish soul, living for his own best interest. No exceptions.”
Einstein didn’t discover the theories and formulas of relativity with the intention of serving humanity. It was his interest, his passion, to dwell on such matters. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been Einstein. His mind was such that it couldn’t be satisfied with anything less than those ethereal concepts.
There are hundreds of artists, writers, scientists, who defied well-established and domineering (even ominously threatening) authorities in order to express the truths they had discovered. Galileo, for example. Even Salman Rushdie, why not?
Most of us are not Einsteins and Galileos. We are ordinary mortals who would like to do our ordinary jobs to the best of our abilities and earn our living which will help us live happily with our families or engaging in our hobbies or other meaningful passions after the regular work hours.
What if that bread-earning work becomes an oppression for the soul? What if the work environment changes all of a sudden for reasons beyond our control, tossing us into a new world with a structure that sits on us like the yoke on the neck of a bullock?
It is in such times that I’m reminded of Richard Bach’s reluctant Messiah whom I have quoted at the beginning of this piece. You can quit the job even if it is your life’s mission when it becomes unbearable, that’s one of the fundamental messages of Bach’s book [Illusions].
“I command you to be happy in the world, as long as you live.” Suppose God tells this to an individual what would he do? Go your way, discover your happiness, says the Messiah’s God in Bach’s novel.
Let not the system kill your creativity. Let not the system sap your vitality. Let not experts define the crests and troughs of the wave that you are commanded by them to surf. The vast ocean beckons you. The ocean does not command you anything. You can ride any wave. But the ocean has its own laws. If you break them, they will break you.
They are the laws of the ocean. You should know them if you want to break free from the structures laid around you like a debilitating trap by people who call themselves experts. You are the expert in the ocean if you know the laws of the ocean.
Ready to break out of the structure? The ocean beckons you.