Who was Ayn Rand?

July 17, 2008

Ayn Rand is probably one of the biggest thinkers of the modern era and acclaimed author of Atlas Shrugged, and famous “objectivist.” Read this quote from a 1964 playboy interview with Rand about people that lack purpose:

Because that aspect of their character lies at the root of and causes all the evils which you mentioned in your question. Sadism, dictatorship, any form of evil, is the consequence of a man’s evasion of reality. A consequence of his failure to think. The man without a purpose is a man who drifts at the mercy of random feelings or unidentified urges and is capable of any evil, because he is totally out of control of his own life. In order to be in control of your life, you have to have a purpose — a productive purpose.

I totally agree with this, purpose is what drives us from evil and toward movement and harmony with the universe. If we don’t act toward the betterment of our species then we are acting against our nature and therefore have a fundamental flaw. That is another facet of what I think Rand is talking about. To have a purpose means that you advance the human race and work in congress with the world, not against it. Rand was a very interesting and opinionated woman, I highly recommend reading the interview.

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