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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Jul 30, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy, science-fiction
Read in July, 2008

I have never had a favorite book until now.

I am frustrated that I should only be discovering Atlas Shrugged at this late date. I am angry that this is only the second time I have heard the Objectivist view of morality and humanity put to words -- the first time being when I recognized them independently and spoke them to myself.

A day should not have gone by in my youth when I did not hear someone giving voice to beautiful ecstasy of life illustrated by Dagny Taggart. My childhood should have been filled with patient examples of the moral vision of John Galt.

Instead, my childhood was spent learning that it is good that another man was tortured to death for a crime I committed before I was born -- and that this was the highest aim of morality, the very source of all moral goodness.

And now those who taught me such filth accuse me of being unfeeling?

Nothing more need be said.

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