Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand!

I have only read one of her works, The Fountainhead. To be honest, I have recommended it to a lot of people, I have seen a lot of people be changed by that book, but I haven’t quite understood everything about it. It is a book that I want to go back to in a few more years’ time, when I’m older, even if not wiser.

She established a new school of thought (or philosophy) called Objectivism. According to Wikipedia, “Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest), that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-faire capitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.”

I don’t understand the full import of it. But to think that someone came up with something like this is a mark of intelligence. One needn’t agree, but one must recognise intelligence!

Always liked her signature, confident!

What do you think? Have you read anything by her? Atlas Shrugged, perhaps? Do you understand her?

12 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand!

  1. I’ve read several of her books. Atlas Shrugged is outstanding even just to remove all moral & political points and read as a pure fiction-adventure story. Unfortunately, it is hard to read it and not draw numerous parallels to our current state of the world and feel uneasy with those similarities. Anthem is confusing at first (when the narrator keeps referring to himself as “We” and it takes a bit to understand the what/why of that) but it is a great little read. We Are The Living is also one I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I think it is her most biographical work.

    I don’t fully support everything about her philosophy; like everything else, it has its good and bad points so I make use of the good and beware and watchful for actions that stem from what I would consider the *bad* part(s). More than anything else, I love the characters she creates…so vibrant, so exquisite and her female characters are all very strong and very passionate and I really love that!

    • Oh yes! Dominique was intense! And it’s an impressive thing to have read so much of her, they are not easy reads.
      With every sort of philosophy, I guess, there’s the good and the bad. It’s up to us to judge and make the choices we feel are right. And in that lies our Individuality.

      • Atlas drew me in to the story from the 1st page and Dagny, the female lead, made it impossible to put down until the very end. I don’t think I ate, drank or slept for days lol!

        And your last statement is the crux of her philosophy…the importance of remaining a true individual. Excellent post thanks so much. Have a great weekend 🙂

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