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Be your own man. Don't let anyone tell you different.
In her own words.
1. “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” or “Wishing won’t make it so.”
2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”
3. “Man is an end in himself.”
4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
In more depth (also her own words)
My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that:
Does conveniently disregard the practical realities of things, and is a bit high on hyperbolic straw-men, but there you go.
Thanks!! Great summary.
No emotion either.
1. The Universe gives no fucks.
2. Figure it out yourself.
3. Don't be a bitch.
4. Sell your shit, don't give it away.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. - John Rogers
Except I've actually read Atlas Shrugged, not so LOTR.
That is somewhat typical of Rand. Both heros and villains show the maximum characteristics of the type. It makes for an easy recognition of the role and easier on the author to develop and write the character.
Rand was not writing a story, she was delivering a message. As such, there are no characters, only types. The champion of radical individualism and selfishness herself portrayed no individual characters, only talking viewpoints.