My philosophy,in essence,is the concept of man as a heroic being,with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life,with productive achievement as his noblest activity,and reason as his only absolute. --Ayn Rand.
The Fountainhead by AynRand is a wonderful piece of work that instigates the reader to introspect himself.I was bedazzled after reading the book.Howard Roark is an ideal person.Having the total idealogies of Roark in a single person is uncommon.Personally I admire Roark more than anyone else although he is a fictional being.According to him right is right every where.I learnt a big lesson from him, DOING ANYTHING IN THE RIGHT WAY IS THE EASIEST WAY.
Periodically I recite the speech given by Howard Roark in the court trial after exploding Corlandt homes.Excerpts from the speech.
"Your Honor,I shall call no witnesses.This will be my testimony and my summation."
Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire.He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demonmankind dreaded.But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm,to cook their food,to light their caves.Centuries later,the first man invented the wheel.He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory.But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon.Thus mankinds glory began with the one who paid for his courage.Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.They fought,they suffered and they paid.But they won.
No creator was prompted by a desire to serve his fellow beings.His truth was his only motive.
Man cannot survive except through his mind.He comes on earth unarmed.His brain is his only weapon.But the mind is an attribute of an individual.There is no such thing as a collective brain.We can divide a meal among many men.We cannot digest it in a collective stomach.
Nothing is given to man on earth.Everything he needs has to be produced.And here man faces his basic alternative: he can survive in only one of two ways - by the independent work of his own mind(creator) or as a parasite(second-hander) fed by the minds of others.
The creator's concern is the conquest of the nature.The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.
The basic need of the creator is independence.The reasoning mind cannot work under anyform of compulsion.To a creator all relations with men are secondary.
The basic need of the second hander is to secure his ties with men in order to be fed.He preaches altruism which demands that man live for others and place others above self.
No man can live for another.One cannot give that which has not been created.Creation comes before distribution.Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together.But the creator is a man who stands alone.What man is and makes of himself;not what he has or hasn't done for others.There is no substitute for personal dignity.Every creative job is ahieved under the guidance of a single individual thought.
Now you know why I dynamited Corlandt."
The video of the above speech is here