We, humans, are more than just skin and blood, we are an entire universe, waiting to be discovered but at the same time trying to fit in a single world. Too scared to be declared as maniacs, we hide the very essence that builds our identity, our thoughts, and ideas!
So scared, that we forget to explore the power of ideas that lies within us. A power that can unite a state or divide two countries, a power that can calm an uprising or start a war, a power that can change the world.
All you need to do is look within your mind.
But just having an idea didn’t make Gandhi ‘Mahatma’, or separate Newton from all the others that sat under the same apple tree. It was more than their idea; it was their courage to share it. What was behind the origin of language? Behind the revolutions that created wars and creations that healed the damage?
The questions are many, but the answer is simple. One word, three syllables: just an idea.
Your thoughts, emotions, ideas, stories, however illogical or embarrassing, make you who you are. The decisions you are proud of and a few dark secrets you hide from all.
You are your mind and your soul.
Even if someone tries to snatch away everything that you own, your identity, no one will still be able to steal you from you. No one can ever take away or destroy the power you possess in your mind.
If you just stop, anywhere, in a park or classroom or even the road, you’ll see inventions, quotes, theories, and beliefs. You probably won’t know who invented the very first vehicle, who started the tradition of marriage, or who deemed some behaviors socially fit or unfit, but these social norms, inventions, superstitions, beliefs, theories, and habits rule your life.
People die. Names fade away. But ideas? They don’t have a lifespan. They aren’t limited by mortality. They just need a shield against the harsh world. Fortunately, even a sliver of belief makes an impenetrable armor.
No sword can slay something that doesn’t have a mortal form. No bullet can penetrate a body that does not exist. For better or for worse, no one can kill an idea, as long as one believes.
As a wise, albeit fictional, anarchist comic book character once said, “Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask, there is an idea… And ideas are bulletproof.”