“It will be waiting and it is yours”: The Atlantis in Your Eyes

It’s Real. It’s Possible. It’s Yours.

Picture someone with whom you feel understood and connected.
Picture that someone standing behind you, hands on your eyes, saying in “a voice with no sign of emotion except in the spacing of the words”:

Go out to continue your struggle…But in your worst and darkest moments, remember that you have seen another kind of world. Remember that you can reach it wherever you choose to see.

Remember that it will be waiting and that it’s real, it’s possible – it’s YOURS.

– John Galt in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

It is real, it is possible, it is yours. This other kind of world. IT is your Atlantis, your Garden of Eden, your mind palace – shaped by and shaping your world view at the same time. It is a sanctuary of your moral code, a witness of what you hold dear, a blueprint of what your future holds.

It is what the world looks like if you were to establish every rule, uphold every principle, enjoy every encounter.

It is who you are, who you want to be, and who you want to be with.

What is a World View?

Dear reader, what is IT for you? What is the world view that propels you through moments of highs and lows?

But before we go there, you must be challenging me: “what does IT even mean, to have a world view?” (Or to put it more bluntly in the words of Rusty Guinn: “In the face of overwhelming complexity and the constant exogenous shock of human stupidity, what does it mean, then, to have a World View?”)

Having a World View means having a center – a core set of philosophies about how the world works, what is objectively true & false, and what actually matters.

More importantly, it means internalizing these philosophies so that they are second nature – and so that they become a natural lens through which we judge the world, and which we can describe succinctly to those who ask.

– Rusty Guinn, “A Man Must Have A Code

But of course!

We have all been there – we view the world through the lens of our moral code, and are let down at times by what we see, and its gap with what we expect.

Meanwhile, we have all been there – encountering a phrase, a scene, a tune, a dialogue, a person…something that reflects and completes us, something that makes us scream in ecstasy: “That is what I have been looking for!” And that alone is enough for us to keep believing in the Atlantis in our eyes.

This blissful feeling was beautifully described in the words of Dagny Taggart:

When she opened her eyes, she saw sunlight, green leaves and a man’s face. She thought: I know what this is. This was the world as she had expected to see it at sixteen – and now she had reached it – and it seemed so simple, so unastonishing, that the thing she felt was like a blessing pronounced upon the universe by means of three words: BUT OF COURSE.

…This was her world, she thought, this was the way men were meant to be and to face their existence – and all the rest of it, all the years of ugliness and struggle were only someone’s senseless joke.

– Description of Dagny Taggart in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

But of course IT is real – close your eyes and you will see it, search your mind and you will locate it.

But of course IT is waiting – a gift waiting for you to discover, to unwrap, to hold.

But of course IT is yours, yours fully and yours alone.

The Atlantis in your eyes.

You have seen the Atlantis they were seeking, it is here, it exists – but one must enter it naked and alone, with no rags from the falsehoods of centuries, with the purest clarity of mind – not an innocent heart, but that which is much rarer: an intransigent mind – as one’s only possession and key.

You will not enter it until you learn that you do not need to convince or to conquer the world. When you learn it, you will see that through all the years of your struggle, nothing had barred you from Atlantis and there were no chains to hold you, except the chains you were willing to wear.

– John Galt in “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand