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Who is Ergo Sum?
Objectivist, atheist, free-thinker, chaotically organized, creative, analytical, introvert (this point is debated), generally satisfied, usually calm, ambitious, proud. “Pretentious personalities are good for mannequins on storefront windows, not in my life.”
My Favorite Movies:
300, Apocalypto, The Hours, Kinsey, Bad Education, The Phantom of the Opera, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Home at the End of the World, Mysterious Skin, Billy Elliot, Good Will Hunting, American Beauty, The Motorcycle Diaries, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Como Agua Para Chocolate (Spanish; Like Water for Chocolate), Gattacca, American History X, Days (Italian), Amadeus, Closer, The Matrix series, Sixth Sense.
My Favorite Music:
Spanish, Flamenco, Tango, Greek/Mediterranean, Arabic, Indo-western fusion, Jazz, Hans Zimmer, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Lila Downs, Sonique, Jamiroquai, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Lifehouse, Darren Hayes, Mozart, Philip Glass, Andrew Lloyd Weber, A. R. Rehman, Himesh Reshammiya.
“You see, I’m an atheist. And I have only one religion; the sublime in human nature. There is nothing to approach the sanctity of the highest man possible, and there is nothing that gives me the same reverent feeling, the feeling when one’s spirit wants to kneel bareheaded… do not call it hero-worship, because it is more than that. It is a kind of strange and improbable white heat, where admiration becomes religion and religion becomes philosophy and philosophy, the whole of one’s life.” – Ayn Rand
People (and/or their works) I Admire:
Aristotle, Ayn Rand, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Kurt Godel, Descartes, H.L. Mencken, John Searle
Michaelangelo, Giovanni Bernini, Carravaggio, Dali, Beethoven, Hans Zimmer, Yanni, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Cunningham, Philip Glass, Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Laxmi Mittal, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe
Gael Garcia Bernal, Matt Damon, Anderson Cooper
The validity and efficacy of ideas are most evident in the actions they generate. The dominant idea or theme that motivates one’s actions and dictates one’s choices becomes the Leitmotif–the leading motive–of one’s behavior.
One’s motive implicates the kind of choices one will make, and thereby, reveals the nature of one’s moral code. Faith, whim, power-lust, emotion, reason–these are types of leading motives of one’s life.
I choose Reason. I intend to have all my actions, as much as is under my conscious and immediate control, to be motived by a committment to reason and rationality. This is my Leitmotif.
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