Saturday, May 15, 2010
Who is John Galt?
"This country wasn't built by men who sought handouts. In its brilliant youth, this country showed the rest of the world what greatness was possible to Man and what happiness is possible on Earth.
Then it began apologizing for its greatness and began giving away its wealth, feeling guilty for having produced more than its neighbors. Twelve years ago, I saw what was wrong with the world and where the battle for Life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality and that my acceptance of that morality was its only power. I was the first of the men who refused to give up the pursuit of his own happiness in order to serve others. "
Since my co-contributor movefearlessly joined this blog I have been intrigued by this persons reference to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand I have heard it referenced in the past,but having never read the book I really didn't know what was being talked about. Since the post "When will Atlas Shrug" I have researched this novel, and have found that in many ways I may be a kindred soul of Ayn Rand. I have a very, very strong belief in the power of the individual, and of individual freedom.
What I have learned so far is that it seems we are living -quite literally- the nightmare of bureaucratic nonsense- that Rand depicted in her novel.
"The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces the stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism of socialistic idealism."
Even as I write this Obama and his redistributionist friends in Washington are hard at work trying to make this bleak vision of a once future America a reality. Unfortunately we have been traveling on the "Atlas Shrugged" path for to long.
I still have much to learn about this provocative novel, but from what I have already learned, it is almost prophetic! I challenge you-the reader- to research this phenomenon and I think you too will conclude that it is quite possible that Atlas is already shrugging.