I was given, “Atlas Shrugged”, to read, by an acquaintance over twenty year’s ago.
In spite of Ayn Rand being an atheist, I considered it a godsend as I was desperately in need of some in depth inspiration and I found it in her exuberant affirmation of the active use of creativity and the sheer joy of it.
I am curious about what anyone here on RB, thinks of her philosophical idea’s, as expressed via the vehicle of the Objectivist movement, which she initiated with a group of like minded friend’s.
These day’s I have mixed thought’s about some of her idea’s. In some way’s I think her ruthless logic is actually quite self defeating and yet I also recognize that it’s that same uncompromising thinking that lead her to an almost religious exultation of the power of human creativity in any form.
Ultimately I believe that she was influenced by the fact that she was born in communist Russia and then after she had seen the devastation that it caused, her family migrated to America where she was then able to see the difference between communism and capitalism in sharp contrast. She then built her philosophy around these two opposite’s as if one were an anode the other a cathode and she was the circuit between them that harnessed the power of an idea created in her mind by their differing potentialities.
Apart from all the philosophical, metaphysical and ideological issue’s that surround her image, she was a great writer who imparted inspiration through her story’s, and for me, that is what really defined her as an artist.
“Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives." – Ayn Rand.
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