The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
We often recommend books to be read by our members. Many, if not most of you actually read them, and for this we commend you. The mindset of a self-governing individual is difficult to cultivate. It requires a massive amount of unlearning of silly rote fact and unraveling of the illogic that has been shoved down the throats of citizens from the earliest days of their education.
Sometimes, one of the books we recommend may be one that needs read, then revisited after a period of readjustment. This is one such book. The philosophical system solidified by Ayn Rand is a hard pill to swallow by those raised in an altruistic society with collectivist overtones. Rand put all of her being into combating these ideals and the false sense of security they give to their adherents. She points out that almost all human suffering has been caused by the improper understanding and application of these ideals. She was always an Objectivist. She had simply not systematized the philosophy.
One of the great problems with philosophy is, to apply any system of philosophy, one must apply it all, and in order to do so, he must understand it all. To apply some parts of it, puts all parts of it out of context. This novel is about a man who is, at his core, and objectivist. He never questions it, he just lives it. It’s an introduction to the idea. Take it or leave it, but this particular book is a must read. We’ve made it easy. We’ve included the audio book, so all you need to do is listen. Really listen, though. Don’t listen while doing something that requires attention.
Happy reading (er… listening).