I constructed the following message board post for “4aynrandfans.com,” however I could not post it. The administrator requires all new registrants to verify their email address, which is certainly reasonable. After I completed my verification, I learned that the administrator has elected to review each registration before granting the permission to post.
How can you justify the idea of a space where individuals… fans… of Ayn Rand… gather to discuss her, and her ideas?
First, let me distill a myth. Ayn Rand may have had great ideas… and/or a great ability to express ideas… and she may have been a great person in her own right (at least according to the principles that she seems to espouse), but Ayn did not live a life that was in perfect balance with “objectivist” ideals, and I could draw that same conclusion about the people “discussing” her here simply by the fact that they… you… are “discussing” her here. Perfection is an impossible ideal. In matters ranging from science to cooking – nothing… no one… maintains perfect and absolute consistency.
That being said, I contend that if Ayn Rand were able to live her life in 100% accordance with her ideas, she would have shunned her so called “followers,” and she would have urinated on any “school” or “club” that evolved to perpetuate those values that she held so dear. Sadly, Rand was human.
If you consider yourself to be a creator… to be a person of will and determination and integrity… Roark… why do you spend so much time “discussing” Ayn Rand and thinking about HER ideas? Why do you spend so much time writing essays? Why do you spend so much time effectuating this “club” where “Rand’ists” will come to hang out, sip tea, and share philosophies? Do you think our friend Howard would be here writing articles for our… his… amusement?
You realize that I am inclined to call many of you followers. It’s like Ayn Rand made a bowel movement and many of you rush to smell it, and compare the great writer’s scent to your own.
Ayn Rand and those who actually effectuate her principles do not need your defense. They do not need your club. They do not gain by the fact that people who read her book, who posses no other purpose in life than to flock to the romantic ideal of maintaining “self” against all odds, are here – ready to take arms. What is your purpose? To awaken the world? I suggest instead that your focus change to awakening yourselves. The very idea of self-associating myself with a mass of other people whose philosophies are tangentially related to mine compels me to vomit.
I realize there may be exceptions here on this board, but i’m inclined to believe that many of you are exhibiting behavior no better than the James Taggart’s of the world. Meeting in your pristine dining halls, or in this case, in exclusive message boards run by administrators who are likely to delete this message.
For everyone else… whether you are 14 or 86… if you live your entire lives in confusion… pursuing phony ideals… if you find truth in the last breath you take here on this earth… I hope you will forgive yourself of all your sins.
The world is dark. Cruel. Cold. We are alone. Deal with it.