Who is Ayn Rand? (The most powerful woman I know)
Have you seen Atlas Shrugged, part 1, the movie?
It’s a must-see movie which I discovered last year.
Starring the beautiful Taylor Schilling in the role of heroine Dagny Taggart, the movie is based on the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
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Before I talk about this movie and her book, let me share with you that Republican VP Paul Ryan (running mate of Mitt Romney in the last elections) said that Ayn Rand was the most influential thinker in his life.
Self-made billionaire Mark Cuban also said publicly that her book, changed his life.
And the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, was a disciple of Mrs Rand.
(I read that as a young man, he met Ayn Rand in New York in a reception, and in a conversation, she proceeded to systematically destroy all his arguments, so much so that he decided to become her disciple).
Indeed, Ayn Rand is a teacher of Reason. She’s also (and perhaps first and foremost) a practical philosopher who teaches people how to live the good life.
The good life, according to her, is spent pursuing our highest dream and using our own reason and judgment to make decisions.
In terms of learning how to reason and continually remain watchful as to the soundness of one’s thinking, I know of on other author, thinker or philosopher who teaches what Ayn teaches.
I read her diary and there are three words that keep coming back, which Ayn repeatedly inserted in her diary: “Think this through.”
She does apply and practice what she preaches.
The fact that she is an atheist (i.e. doesn’t believe in the existence of a God) should not deter or discourage people from reading her book Atlas Shrugged in order to learn from her.
I believe in the existence of a God, yet I also admire Mrs Rand for the brilliance and lucidity of her thinking, philosophy and deep desire to help mankind through a radical, practical and revolutionary thought system.
It is unfortunate that she used the word “selfish” in her writings since that word is so negative that it’s almost impossible to put a positive spin on it.
In truth, she advocates a life based on self-love. Loving oneself does NOT necessarily mean one has to be selfish and forget the needs of others.
Self-love is something that the overwhelming majority of mankind needs to learn, for they cannot be happy and prosperous without it.
The fact that so many people are in jobs they don’t particularly like (the test being, “If you won ten million dollars tomorrow, would you stay in your job?”), is proof that there is work to be done in the self-love department.
Of course, it is a bit more complicated than just loving oneself.
You have to be able and willing to THINK FOR YOURSELF.
This is easier said than done when our educational system does not encourage nor train young people to think for themselves.
But there are trainers and teachers to help people IF they wish to become better thinkers.
This is my main task with clients: teach them how to think rationally.
I also want to teach young people through Talenteen, an organization dedicated to helping young people discover and develop their talent.
To that effect, I recently gave the book Atlas Shrugged to my 17-year-old niece, and also a copy of the movie Atlas Shrugged.
I think all teenagers (over 16) should read Atlas Shrugged. In that mystery novel, Ayn Rand shares her powerful philosophy which can guide a young person throughout his/her life.