For love they wanted to eliminate strife among men and offered them a law based on the presupposition that love-the orientation toward the absolute, toward god-exists in all, and the law made them all brothers and united them in mutual respect. In the name of, `friendship,' they united and dragged forward vast human currents: the multitudes that followed them, each man with his own mind, turned `toward life,' that which in the mind of the hero proceeded 'toward being.' And learning to give their miserable life names that expressed their living sense within that greater life of the prophet, the lawgiver, the revolutionary, they ate and drank and proliferated in the name of Buddha, in the name of Christ.
The Persuaded Ones have only ever been rare specimens who, in turn, go on to persuade others as a free gift of over abundance of self persuasion. What causes Michelstaedter to call his philosophy 'perennial' is that germ of commonality all these prophets have: that doubt can be cancelled in favor of action that is not reliant on precepts of any rational configuration regarding one's future. Buddha taught not to rely on any external refuge; Christ taught not to worry for the morrow.