Writer’s Block has been overcome February 28, 2007Posted by sdpurtill in Ayn Rand, Quotes.
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And I just read great quote #198274182379821 from Ayn Rand
That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen – your values and choices. That which happened by accident – what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school – is totally unimportant.
DHH is a great leader February 26, 2007Posted by sdpurtill in Ayn Rand, Rails, Technology.
If you don’t know who David Heinemeier Hansson is then stop reading this post right now. He’s the mastermind behind Rails, the most popular Web 2.0 framework in the world. I came across this picture whiel reading some blogs tonight: http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetargon/127984254/
This slide was for all of the people that wanted to add certain features to Rails that he didn’t want. This also was a message to all the people that didn’t agree with Rapid Development, Web 2.0, and, in a broader sense, the future. This is what makes David a great leader. I have a cousin that likes to say “better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you’re not”, and DHH understands this.
A great leader is a person that can stand alone and say “f*** you” to all the people that don’t agree with him. I don’t think you have to use an explicitive, but it definitely helps convey a powerful message to everyone. Here is a quote from, you guessed it, Ayn Rand
Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.
DHH embodies this “creator” persona, and I love him for that. I hope one day to follow suit…
Ayn Rand is too important to ignore February 22, 2007Posted by sdpurtill in Ayn Rand.
I don’t agree with a lot of the teachings of Objectivism since I believe in God, but I think Ayn Rand’s works should be read by every student in high school. I am going to quote Nathaneal Branden (one of her early followers) from this video.
In 1991, the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Book of the Month club did a national survey of readers, of which the purpose was to determine which books had had the biggest life changing impact on American lives. And the NYT printed the results, which were these:
#1 – The Bible
#2 – Atlas Shrugged
#5 – The Fountainhead
So here are two books of the top 10 that most had an impact on changing American lives were written by Ayn Rand.
Two of her books in the TOP 10 most life changing books, and yet you will never once hear of any Ayn Rand books in school (unless you have friends that read her stuff). She’s too extreme though, I don’t agree with all her stuff. I may write a post about it one day, but I am going to re-read Atlas Shrugged before I do.
You must read this: December 6, 2006Posted by sdpurtill in Ayn Rand.
Now read this quote from Atlas Shrugged:
“We’ve heard it shouted that the industrialist is a parasite, that his workers support him, create his wealth, make his luxury possible – and what would happen to him if they walked out? Very well. I propose to show to the world who depends on whom, who supports whom, who is the source of wealth, who makes whose livelihood possible and what happens to whom when who walks out.”
And I will laugh in the face of anybody that can refute that.