With Mitt Romney’s VP pick, Paul Ryan has stirred up a hornet’s nest among the Collectivists with his appreciation for the novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand and quite possibly individualism’s revival. I was inadvertently introduced to Rand in college by my Socialist boyfriend at the time but it was not until much later that I came to appreciate her message on intellectual individualism. As a spiritualist with a great love for Jesus Christ and God, her atheism does not bother me in the least. To each his own and ‘To thine own self be true’ – William Shakespeare.
From Fountainhead she writes,
Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched.
Brilliant! What is untrue about this statement? Absolutely nothing! When you find something humorous, is someone else laughing for you or feeling your happiness? When you are sad, is someone else shedding your tears or feeling your pain?
It is believed by some that the ultimate goal of men and woman, their natural state of being, is to be happy, to experience bliss and to pursue that ultimate connection with the greatest parts of themselves. If in theory contented joy and the pursuit of it is instinctive, born from the inner workings of our own minds, consciousness acting creatively, continuously striving to reunite with the divine, then the Collectivist’s quest must be to destroy the very seed of happiness that pursues conscious awareness in and of itself.
Is it fear that stirs so much hatred for Rand? Or, is it her message of individual significance over collective desperation? Their frenzy brings to mind these words uttered by another well-known collectivist,
“All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all.”
Spoken by Vladimir Lenin who seems rather fearful of the individual.
The Collectivist Left stands on the argument that Rand collected benefits from the very government (reluctantly I might add) she riled against in her novels. Some would argue Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements but governmental Ponzi schemes. Did Rand pay into both? Did she receive more in benefits than what she has contributed? I suppose if Rand had been on Food Stamps, Disability, and Welfare and contributed absolutely nothing to society; the Left would be her champion. Then again, maybe not.
I would suggest for anyone who has not read Ayn Rand to not listen to collectivists since they have an agenda of keeping people poor and stupid as long as possible. After reading Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, I would suggest reading James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh and Mastery of Destiny, hell anything by Allen would be beneficial, to balance out your philosophic equilibrium.
Rand and Allen are two very different individuals with two very diverse set of philosophies. Yet, they have nothing good to say about a useless society. Where one exalts the individual, the later expounds upon the virtue of self-discovery and character building within the individual, which of course leads to personal accountability, self-governance and independence.
America stands at a philosophic crossroads, Individualism vs. Collectivism. It is the difference between hovering over the American people shaping there flawed minds, their multi-dimensional attitude into a conformed union or letting them discover their individual selves on their own.
My argument is that a collectivist government has shown to deny ever man, woman and child opportunities to explore and expand their own character through confidence and faith which refutes the individual’s true nature. Without this bond with self-discovery, men fail to learn how to cope with adversity. It is this ’trial by fire’ that symbolizes man’s true test of courage and endurance that gives rise to an authentic sense of self-actualization. I will be praying for Rand’s influence and Individualism’s Revival.
Now, with all that being said, I wish everyone a wonderful lovely glad filled day. Think joy instead of sadness, love instead of hate, and Romney/Ryan rather than Obama/Biden.