…that Man (and I use the term in its old, gender-neutral sense) must live or die by the power of his own rational mind, and the stories we tell are our best way of conveying the truths of the world. Thence came the myths of old, from people telling stories to make sense of the world around them, and thence from the same impulse come stories from the authors of today.
I believe that the effort of one’s mind, and its rational process, are only hindered by the acceptance of the unearned and the interference of the welfare/nanny state. Recall, if you will, the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. If that grasshopper were a modern citizen of the US he would lack nothing material, and yet still be bereft of self-worth.
I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
I believe that this oath is the most life-affirming a Man can hold to. Having read Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, and Anthem I will say that I believe the philosophy of Objectivism describes the workings of the world and the nature of Man most accurately. If you disagree with that statement, but agree with any of the beliefs that came before, I would ask you – why? Please understand that any and all ad hominem attacks will be deleted.
If you’re still reading, and I didn’t just offend you horribly with my poor joke in the last line (my jokes are always poor, it seems), welcome! If you got the reference immediately, wonderful! This is the blog of a writer who majored in Journalism and who really, really likes making things – stories, meals, sketches, photos, things to sew and things to crochet. I hope you’ll find something of interest here, and maybe check out some of my other writing while you’re at it.