Atlas Shrugged Shirt Starts a Discussion
Posted by richrobinson 4 years ago to The Gulch: General
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It's cool here in Pittsburgh today so I threw on my Atlas Shrugged sweatshirt. A customer in her twenties looked at and said "I like your shirt". We talked a bit and she said she read the book but isn't sure she understood it. Not surprising with all the crazy indoctrination going on in the public schools. Sounds like she wants to learn more about Ayn Rand. Pretty cool.
Far left: “Prove it!”
It is around us every day.
A friend of mine (who is also a vegetarian) shops there regularly.
There was no way I could compel him to read AS. I think leftists spread the word of what not to touch with a ten foot pole, because he was not giving me any reasons, only that he did not want to read it.
I have had little success actually convincing average grown up people- I think for that reason
ment. (And I doubt that Ayn Rand would condone that practice, either.)
- Can I share my most outrageous assertion about her? ... She has done for philosophy what Newton did for physics! She grounded it in reality and made it a science for the first time. Look first-hand paying no attention to all the detractors or even fans like me. Many are fans for the wrong reasons and don't represent the ideas well.
- Ayn Rand is very controversial because she questions everyone's unquestionable assumptions. What do you think people do when their unquestionable assumptions are questioned? ... Yes, they attack! That's why every negative word in English had been used to describe her. It's smearing without reason.
- if this interests you, I recommend you read her ideas and judge them with your best intelligence and integrity to see if they will serve you well. If they don't meet your standard, then ignore them. But I recommend you ask how these ideas are justified, even if they contradict what you and others think is right. Look at the assumptions and reasoning - first-hand.
Feel free to use. Attribution is always appreciated. But make it your own.
One of my student employees was asking for peronsal information to put on my new company's web site. One of the questions was, "If you could, who would you like to share a cup of coffee with?" My response was "John Galt. And if you ask, 'Who is John Galt?', I told her that she would have to discover that for herself."
It is a large tom and not surprising a snowflake burns out after the first 100 page.