Sunday Shout Out ~ Ayn Rand

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Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.

Ayn Rand

Today is Ayn Rand’s birthday. No, it’s not, nor should it be one of those national calendar noticed events. IF it were, then the calendar would be cluttered with all kinds of other philsophical author’s birthdays.  That is not to say that the day should go unnoticed by those who appreciate and respect her perspective on the way things could be.

Sidebar: Until I realized that today was Ayn’s birthday, my intent was to publish a week ahead perspective, benchmarking off of LFR’s weekly statement of expectations. You would be hearing about my in -progress blogs on Verts, Five for Friday, Photography as a Metaphor and a secret project that is in the works.

Instead, this is a shout out to one of my favorite authors ~ Ayn Rand ~ on her birthday.  As you can see above, my bookshelf includes her greater works ~ Atlas Shrugged & The Fountainhead, along with a collection of her lesser works.  To be also mentioned, this same bookshelf includes the works of  Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson & Douglas Adams, et al.

From Wiki’s article on Atlas Shrugged.

The book explores a dystopian United States where many of society’s wealthiest citizens refuse to pay increasingly high taxes, reject government regulations and disappear, shutting down their vital industries. The disappearances evoke the imagery of what would happen if the mythologicalAtlas refused to continue to hold up the sky. They are led by John Galt. Galt describes the disappearances as “stopping the motor of the world” by withdrawing the people that drive society’s productivity.

John Galt is the central figure in Atlas Shrugged.   His oath,

“I SWEAR, BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT,
THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN,
NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE”.

 speaks to man’s rugged need for independence for free thought, free existence & freedom of absolute choice. To understand more about the background of this oath, read this abbreviated version of his radio speech that was broadcast to answer this existential question, Who is John Galt?

For twelve years you’ve been asking “Who is John Galt?” This is John Galt speaking. I’m the man who’s taken away your victims and thus destroyed your world. You’ve heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis and that Man’s sins are destroying the world. But your chief virtue has been sacrifice, and you’ve demanded more sacrifices at every disaster. You’ve sacrificed justice to mercy and happiness to duty. So why should you be afraid of the world around you?

There are those who deride and decry Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivisim. I sense that those who reject her have never read her body of work. That is their choice. Their only shallow criticism  is that Ayn criticized Social Security and then accepted the benefit when eligible.

These criticisms are easily silenced. Ayn Rand was forced to pay into the system, why would one reject the benefits of this investment?  This would be like paying into a 401k and leaving the money behind because one rejected the capitalism of Wall Street.

Consider this, would you rather invest your retirement savings into an organization that exists to take and spend your money while ‘thriving’ under chronic deficit spending, or invest in organizations that exist to create & share wealth?

Atlas Shrugged & FountainHead are worthy reads. Sadly, AS reads too much like today’s headlines. Then, for an updated modern perspective on her body of work, take the time to read, I Am John Galt, Today’s Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It.

Happy Birthday Ayn Rand. Thank you for your writing and the opportunity to blend your ageless thoughts into the world of today.

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