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Survey! How Many Gulchers Have Gone On to Read Rand Since Coming to This Site?

Posted by khalling 4 years, 9 months ago to Philosophy
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You saw the Atlas Shrugged movies and you found the Gulch. You picked up the book, Atlas Shrugged and learned of a philosophy of life that explained how you've always felt but did not know how to completely articulate. Or-you hadn't read AS in years and were inspired by the movies to pick it up and read it again. Wait! Don't go yet! I want you to also let us know if you have read any of Rand's non-fiction since you landed in the Gulch. But wait! I'd also like to know if you have ventured to other Objectivist scholarly sites after learning about them here (seeing a video or clicking a link which was a cite). Looking forward to your responses.

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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 4 years, 9 months ago
    I have to admit, I saw (Jimmy Stewart) and read the Fountainhead years ago. I was aware of Ayn Rand, but not in detail. Didn't really understand the Fountainhead, partially due to my youth when I read it. When the First AS movie came out, I grabbed it, and became an instant Randian. All uphill from there.
    Looking, waiting, hoping for the third movie, I came across the movie site, and it led me here.

    Still have a broken "no longer fiction" coffee cup that the site didn't make good on!

    My thanks to you all for the various education, insightful discussion and camaraderie.
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  • Posted by kevinw 4 years, 9 months ago
    I grew up in a religious household. The denomination where we were right and everybody else was wrong. You know that one? The sermons were 10% bible and 90% why everybody else was wrong about it. Bad things only happen because your faith is not strong enough. And all the guilt that that implies.

    8 or 9 years ago my quest to find and learn Objectivism began with the question "if there is no god, where would morality come from?" I had heard Hannity or Rush or someone make their standard statement that there could be no morality without god and I just couldn't fall for it any longer. I had to ask myself that question out loud, several times before it finally sank in that I really needed to find out.

    As a fan and daily reader of the Peoples Cube I had noticed a lot of references to atlas shrugging in the satirical commentary at the time and I went searching for information. I found the book, ordered it, fell out of my chair when it arrived and was 1200 pages, and proceeded to read it. Every spare moment that book was in my hands for three months. I read slowly but life was busier then, too. I passed it on to my wife and children and proceeded to devour everything I could find by Ayn Rand and the Ayn Rand Institute which had I discovered while looking for her non-fiction works. Morality, minus the guilt. Now that's freedom.

    I think I found out about the movies being made from a kickstarter notification and I have been a producer ever since. I've only recently become more active in the Gulch and constantly find myself looking through my collection of Rand's books for references on different subjects. I have also been poking around on the Atlas Society page on occasion. Thank you for the recommendation and the link. Oh, and the video just the other day.

    And thank you for not letting me pawn my ideas off on you to post. :)
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  • Posted by waytodude 4 years, 9 months ago
    K I'm reading Introduction to Objectionist epistemology the expanded second edition, I've completed objectivism the philosophy of AR, Anthem, Fountain head, Ayn Rand for the new intellectual, and of course Atlas Shrugged.
    Unknown to me at the time in the early 80 s I got into Rush s 2112 which was inspired by the Fountain Head however was not into reading at the time but being raised on a farm hard work and being a productive person was instilled at an early age. After my parents separated I was moved to the city. After many years I got tired in the corporate world and shrugged before I even knew about Ayn Rand and bought a small cattle ranch. Surfing Netflix I found Atlas Shrugged part one at the end credits I seen it was a book and haven't stopped since. I'm now eyeing more books including yours.
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    • Posted by 4 years, 9 months ago
      way-you are WAY ahead of me. how can we help?
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      • Posted by waytodude 4 years, 9 months ago
        K I read your threads here and feel your more advanced than I in relation to objectivism and am trying to catch up.

        My goal is pure selfish, my betterment. If along the way If I can help others even better that is why I joined this group to help and be helped in our quest of knowledge about objectivism. There are many here I have learned from you and dbhalling are at the top of the list in favorite threads to read and ponder. So please help keep these thought provoking discussion going. I wish I had more time to spend here to learn and contribute more maybe in the future. My days are full caring for my cows calves, gardening for my survival for the next winter. My life is not hard for me but full and productive so here is where I escape for intellectual nourishment. So thanks to you and all here.
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  • Posted by edweaver 4 years, 9 months ago
    I went to the "The American Dream Summit" in (the belly of the beast) Washington DC I believe nearly 3 years ago, before the first movie. There was a "Who Is John Galt" t-shirt sitting on the chairs for one of the presentations. I asked a friend what it was all about and he explained the link to Atlas Shrugged, a book that I had never heard of. After the presentation I was so interested in the message I returned home, ordered AS on Kindle and started reading it. I don't remember if I finished the book prior to seeing the movie but I think I did. I do remember after reading the first 60-100 pages, I had a hard time putting the book down. If my memory serves me well, about every 5 pages I kept repeating the words, "this is happening right now in America". By the end of the book I had realized how much insight Ayn had on what was happening to America and was completely hooked on Objectivism. I also realized that those were my natural beliefs. I was hooked on the AR message from that point forward. I have more AR books but have been so busy that I have been unable to read them but I will. That is guaranteed.
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    • Posted by 4 years, 9 months ago
      very interesting perspective, ed. I am so glad you found the site. we all benefit :)
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      • Posted by edweaver 4 years, 9 months ago
        Thanks for your kind works K. I am equally happy to be a part of this site with people like you. We all benefit. :) I wish I had more time to spend on it but been too busy lately. Sort of a good problem. I do appreciate you reminding me to comment on this. I saw the post and did not have time and then forgot about it. You make many good posts but this one is right up there with one of your best.
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  • Posted by Sunjock13 4 years, 9 months ago
    I first read AS 49 years ago... then in my twenties, then in my forties, THEN (and I recommend this to everyone who has read the book) listened to it narrated from Audible (VERY different experience, almost Shakespearean) and enjoyed it even more... Then I saw the movies!!!
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    • Posted by dbhalling 4 years, 9 months ago
      WOW what an endorsement for the audio version - I have not listened to it.

      Today we listened to Rand's West Point speech read by someone else and put to music - it was awesome.
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      • Posted by Sunjock13 4 years, 9 months ago
        Sad she is not here to actually see how her brilliance has helped to shape so many of our lives paths! ...to see the future so well and capture it with such clarity, before her contemporaries even knew there was a problem on the horizon. I have not listened to the WP speech, thanks for the recommendation!
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  • Posted by Ibecame 4 years, 9 months ago
    Sounds like you want specifics so here goes.
    We saw Asp3 at the movies, then purchased the limited Blu-Ray set with all of the extra lectures, etc. Watched all of that and loved it. We both read Atlas Shrugged. I then read "The Early Ayn Rand" and "Ayn Rand Answers". I am now making my way through her "Newsletters", and two collections "The Objectivist" and "Letters and Essays on Objectivism". Yes, we have done a lot of looking at other sites as well, and started watching Ayn Rand on Youtube. We have picked up several more books to read. Thats the Cliff Notes version.
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    • Posted by 4 years, 9 months ago
      I, you are exactly the gulcher I look for. Early Ayn Rand. The most heartbreaking story I have ever read-yes, ever-is The Husband I Bought. Db and I were newly married when I read it and I remember I walked around in a daze for, well, a long time, afterwards. We named our daughter not because of We The Living, but for "Kira's Viking." My great friend kathywiso grew up on the Newsletters. Her dad has every one. You should go for The Virtue of Selfishness next, but you are getting it through the essays. Have you read any Aristotle?
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      • Posted by Ibecame 4 years, 9 months ago
        The Husband I Bought - What a story of sacrifice, it does kinda put you in a daze. It made me wonder if I could sacrifice that much, although my wife and I have been married now for many years. Ayn really understood emotions. I really liked "Good Copy". I usually don't like intrigue or mysteries, because I figure them out early on, but this one had me caught right up to the end. "The Early Ayn Rand" probably isn't a good book for the novice, unless you are someone like me that wanted to see how she progressed. I have been going through in somewhat of a chronological order, and I wanted to experience the development of her writing. For me it was a great book. "I have not gotten to "We the Living" yet, but I do have copy.
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  • Posted by gcarl615 4 years, 9 months ago
    Since around 1979 I have read and re-read AS every five years or so. I assume everyone knows that the Fountainhead is also a movie. I had to record it from cable, my copy is kind of fuzzy but works for me. I need to re-read AR.s Non fiction works again, when I get done studying the founders.
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  • Posted by $ minniepuck 4 years, 9 months ago
    I started with "The Fountainhead" and moved on to "Atlas Shrugged" during college. I gave those books to my younger sister when she graduated high school. Then, whenever AS the movie came to Dallas for a Freedom Works event, my sister was chosen as a volunteer, and that's when I probably came around here to check out the site. Since then, I've read only a few of her non-fiction works but have not visited any other Objectivist sites. I am reading Dale's non-fiction now, though.
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    • Posted by 4 years, 9 months ago
      thank you. please PM me!
      oh-please re-do the post and add that pic! I remember it! would love to see it again! I will let gulchers know that minniepuck is an extremely talented editor. She is our editor for Trails of Injustice.. she smacked me down over mixed metaphors and idioms. You will thank her :)
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 4 years, 9 months ago
    Read it again. But I do that every year. I did get the last and latest published volumes and started asking about a Spanish edition. AS has some popularity amongst the University crowd south of the border
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  • Posted by $ guinness222 4 years, 9 months ago
    I did the read first, and waited the 30 years for the movie. In the meantime I have started at least 7 businesses, only one failed, but at 70 I'm on #8 and looking to move on to #9.
    That's what we do , take it to 90% and move on to a new idea or challenge.
    Hopefully we become "infectious" in society.
    Tom
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  • Posted by eilinel 4 years, 9 months ago
    First started hearing about AR in high school- she was taught in senior AP English, which I missed because I graduated early. One of my friends got to see her live once. Didn't think about her much for many years. Early in Obama's first term, I started hearing how much real life was starting to look like AS, so I picked it up. Read it almost-straight through, then immediately started reading again with a pen for margin notes and a highlighter. Scared the p!ss out of me. This was shortly before AS1 came out. Have read it repeatedly since, and have a collection of Now Non-Fiction T-shirts that I wear everywhere. Hope to read We The Living and some non-fiction in the near future, just been stymied by a combination of busyness and laziness. I'll get there eventually.

    Currently working on increasing self-reliance and eliminating debt.

    I'm another of those who finds no personal conflict between faith and reason, but I'm willing to live and let live.
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  • Posted by coaldigger 4 years, 9 months ago
    Wow. There are some great stories here but it seems almost everyone came upon Rand by accident. No wonder there are so many that are unenlightened,
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    • Posted by handyman 4 years, 9 months ago
      Coaldigger, great observation. What can be done to facilitate more "accidents?"
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      • Posted by coaldigger 4 years, 9 months ago
        The ARI seems to be doing a bang up job with their free books to teachers that will include in classwork. They also do a lot of lectures. The trilogy had to be helpful, after that, we can continue to spread the word to our networks. It is not going to happen on its own or it would have become a reality in 1957.
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  • Posted by basalyga1 4 years, 9 months ago
    When I was in high school I read Atlas Shrugged as a romantic novel. Ha ha But the ideals stuck with me. I have reread it since 2 times, one since coming here to the gulch. "We the living" is a great book my Marine grandson recommended and I am trying to get my communist Co worker to read. I love reading all the posts here. Most profitable.
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  • Posted by radical 4 years, 9 months ago
    I have a complete set of Ayn Rand's periodicals of the 60s and 70s. I have read "We The Living," '"The Fountainhead," and "Atlas Shrugged." I have patterned a great deal of my life from her teachings.
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  • Posted by lmarrott 4 years, 2 months ago
    Extremely late to the thread but figured I would comment anyway.

    I think I had seen Atlas Shrugged in book stores and been drawn to it, but never read it. Then I went to Vegas for a special book signing event with Terry Goodkind where someone asked about "Faith of the Fallen", which is my favorite Goodkind book, and he said it was his own version of Atlas Shrugged and his most blatant attempt to portray Objectivism.

    No this isn't right, I know I had read it before that.

    Maybe by now it's been 10 years?

    I'm not sure now.

    I try to read Atlas Shrugged at least once a year. Fountainhead as well if I can get it in.

    I've read We the Living, Virtue of Selfishness, Anthem, and another thing or two. I have whatever I don't own on my Amazon wish list to finish out my collection.

    It has always just identified so deeply with me when I read it that I couldn't help it.

    So the movies have had no effect on my reading. I enjoyed them with an understanding that they were trying to achieve something very difficult.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 4 years, 9 months ago
    Should mention that when I was living in Auckland New Zealand I showed AS1 movie to two friends who were immigrants from Poland. Both were good at speaking English but still had an occasional question about the principles behind AS.
    One was so interested that she bought a copy in Polish a few months later, when she had a vacation there.
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