Atlas Shrugged November 6, 2006Posted by sdpurtill in Books.
I started Atlas Shrugged on September 26 and I finished it today
, I think it took about a month and a half or so. Anyways, I would like to write a little bit about what I have learned. I would recommend this book to any entity with a pulse… Seriously.
The first thing I learned was the “virtue” of selfishness. A lot of people disagree with Ayn Rand’s writings, but I think she is completely right on this topic. In the book, it says over and over again this quote —
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.
I understand all the arguments that people would have against this statement, but I think that if everyone looked out for themselves instead of relying on the charity of others, we would have a much, much more productive society.
John Galt’s 60 page monologue was the most mind blowing passage I have ever read. There was so much philosophy in his speach that it took me over 4 days to get through the whole of it.
One thing that John Galt says in his speech is this (my version of it). When someone says “Who am I to know?”, they are saying “Who am I to exist?”. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and I love what it entails — people need to think for themselves. Her whole philosophy of a zero ruling non-zeros blew my mind, but it made so much sense. Another thing that I loved was in his speech —
The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be.
I would not only highly recommend this book to anyone, but I’ll buy this book for anyone that wants to read it. I am going to re-read this book every other year for the rest of my life (alternating years w/ The Fountainhead), because it has so much to say about life, happiness, work, love, etc… Objectivism makes a helluva lot of sense, but I still believe in God and Christianity.
Her whole philosophy about those who rule by force is freaking GENIUS. People in Venezuela need to get their hands on a copy of Atlas Shrugged before that country is destroyed by Hugo Chavez.