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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    This was the first "chapter book", as my teachers used to say, I have read for leisure since high school. I read it over the course of about a year or 2 with about 2 months of heavy reading, then a 6 month break, then 2 more reading months, etc. I read a lot of it during WD last year because Suboxone makes me want to sit down and read for some reason. I want to share some of my thoughts on the book and author with you.

    For those of you who don't know, this a really really really long book about a philisophy called Objectivism and its applications through ficticious literature. It is longer than War and Peace. She took amphetamine for weight loss while writing he most famous works, it kinda shows.



    A concept that I like, is that it takes the premise of a fractured society and really does flesh out nearly every nitty gritty instance and detail of how a slowly decaying society falls, tries to repair itself, and continually fails through utter unwillingness to let go of a comfortable and familiar, but doomed, system. Hence, the length.

    The writing style is romantic; it takes a "perfect" (in a sense) person and reveals glory through accomplishment. Romantic paintings, for example, follow this style by showing pure emotion and awe from the artist's perespective. When I think of Romanticism, I imagine a "New dawn", or ultimate triumph, so to speak. Rand does a good job of expressing this; tere's not a ton of new age romantic writers out there.




    As this is more or less the manifesto of a philisophy, (Rand has written more formal works but they are much less popular) there is an almost divinely portrayed protaginst who emobdies Objectivism in totality:

    A faultess man. This is a concept in which I run into a lot of my beef with Rand. She claims that she has always held herself to her doctrine 100% of the time throughout her whole life. I understand that she's big on reason, which is great, so am I. But you can't tell me that you have never done anything unreasonable before in your life.

    I would argue that a lot of the best parts of life are unreasonable. Humour is unreasonable. Love, sexual proclivity, things that make you roll your eyes and smile. Humanity loves a contradiction. Ever notice how great movie villains tend to contradict themselves or be conflicted in their descision making process?

    I agree that reason is the best course of action for business and material pursuits, as well as for gaining knowledge, pursing justice, and resolving issues. You have to ground yourself in reason to efficiently and effectively do these things. Fart jokes are funny because they just are.

    If you read this book, you'll notice right away that Rand's verbiage is just awkward. I want to take her to a nice lunch and leave her with the bill everytime she uses the phrase "lighted a cigarette". Some of her more adult-oriented passages are well done and evoke a good response from me. Others just sound painful, violent, and there's nothing sexier than something along the lines of "he kissed her effieciently as the loosely stressed dimensions of her dress unfurled incredulously" - not a quote, I don't have the book on me. You will incredulously see the wordincredulously every other page because that is her favorite word.



    To the philisophy of Objectivism, which would be a better post for Oh The Humanites!, I'll briefly say that I agree with many, but not all of the principles and not to the nth degree of infinity as she does. Me not believing in 100% of her principles alone, literally makes me an untouchable in her view, and not worthy of life.

    She is a purist, and the more I read, the more distanced I feel. To me, purists of any sort, whatever the position, tend to be complete asshole pricks incapable of empathy for any non-purist. She cannot see another point of view, therefor other points of view are not worthy of existing. What a shitty way to live, if I only talked to people I agreed with completely, I would talk to about 0 people. So would everyone else. I can empathize without agreeing with the opposing viewpoint. Rand cannot. She also ran out money and lived off SSI towards the end of her life but insisted she was consistent with her views.

    It is a well written book, and is worth reading if your views fall within even distant earshot of the views of the intended audience. It remarkably doesn't lag either until the late second act. There are moments in the book that I have never seen done before in any medium that were extremely satisfying to read, and it deserves to be considered a modern classic, just one with several disclaimers attatched before picking it up.
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    lanny fuc me in the as
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    OP was tugging his dong while posting philosophically. I weep.
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    Zanick motherfucker [my p.a. supernal goa]
    "Atlas Tugged" would be a great title for a gay porn, which is about the most useful derivation Rand that could be made of anything from the body of Rand's work.
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    Originally posted by Zanick "Atlas Tugged" would be a great title for a gay porn, which is about the most useful derivation Rand that could be made of anything from the body of Rand's work.

    Tell me what you don't like about it.
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    Lanny creature of the mesothelioma era
    kek, I forgot about that word enhancement.

    I read Anthem and Fountainhead but not atlas tugged.

    I liked Anthem as an edgy teenager but it's hard not to view Rand's writing as almost comical these days. You have to squint at her fiction pretty hard to try and find an actual philosophical thesis, like her books are just about mary sues who everyone hates because they're jealous or something? Not that her attempts at direct argumentation are super coherent but at least you know what she's trying to say rather than figure out which character monologues are supposed to be making a point and which are just (shaky) characterization.

    You pointed out some issues with the actual prose, I just remember Fountainhead having all these awkward anthropomorphic descriptions of buildings and people getting described like architecture. I was fucking sick of reading about the "angles" of Roark's face or how buildings "stretched", or "hugged" things.
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    A College Professor Space Nigga [your moreover breastless limestone]
    i used 2 watch judge napolitano and that guy john -mustache- stossel on satellite tv and THEY WERE SAYING A LOT OF SHIT THAT JUST JIVED WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT IT and basically I was supposed to go read ayn rand because thats who they studied under among other cool ppl

    but then i forgot and ended up not reading and instead i went to NIS where i got my future political education, i learned alot especially something about the "Zog" and black bastards plus apparently the guy that runs face book his real name is Marc Fuckerberg
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    jedied by Lanny
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    Also, Objectivism is a philosophy like tofurkey is a meat; it is not.
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    Originally posted by Zanick "Atlas Tugged" would be a great title for a gay porn, which is about the most useful derivation Rand that could be made of anything from the body of Rand's work.



    Originally posted by DietPiano Tell me what you don't like about it.



    Originally posted by DietPiano Tell me what you don't like about it.



    Originally posted by DietPiano Tell me what you don't like about it.
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    zhn0k Yung Blood [my demonstrably wysiwyg hygrometer]
    Originally posted by DietPiano She took amphetamine for weight loss while writing he most famous works, it kinda shows.

    she probably played with her minge for hours on-end too.
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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Space Nigga [my scoffingly uncritical tinning]
    And spun her dreidel.

    Alan Greenspan was a member of her jëwey coven apparently.
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    Who...

    ..

    Is that?
  14. #14
    Sudo African Astronaut [my hereto riemannian peach]
    ayn rand+rand paul=the most selfish baby of all time
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    Originally posted by Sudo ayn rand+rand paul=the most selfish baby of all time

    Are you serious? What do you not like about rand paul ?
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    Sudo African Astronaut [my hereto riemannian peach]
    Originally posted by DietPiano Are you serious? What do you not like about rand paul ?

    he hates the environment, health care and abortions
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    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
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    gadzooks Dark Matter [keratinize my mild-tasting blossoming]
    For real tho, why write a thousand page novel to espouse a relatively simply philosophy?

    The only philosopher who gets a pass on using narrative and poetry for such ends is Nietzsche.

    I actually own a physical copy of an Ayn Rand book somewhere (all my books are in storage right now, so I can't check which one).

    I haven't read it yet, tho.
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    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    You can't just tell me that humour is unreasonable.

    Also, the "perfect" person is simply a depiction of an archetype. If you do your best to live up to that image you can state that you have lived in accordance with your own philosophy. The purpose of the archetype is to have something to strive for.
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    DietPiano Naturally Camouflaged [awhile colour my acaridiasis]
    What do you mean by your first sentence..?

    Originally posted by Sophie You can't just tell me that humour is unreasonable.

    Also, the "perfect" person is simply a depiction of an archetype. If you do your best to live up to that image you can state that you have lived in accordance with your own philosophy. The purpose of the archetype is to have something to strive for.

    Yes, but what me and I think Obbe have been saying here for quite a while is that conjuring up an archetype to live up to is futile because there is no way to "live up" to something that doesn't exist, because it dosen't exist. An archetype today is something else tomorrow, which is precisely why it doesn't exist... you cannot pin it down as you like without becoming inaccurate about the whole thing the very next moment, and that's supposing you were accurate in your beliefs to begin with.

    You simply ARE the 'perfect person' you want to be, or you aren't. I think it very somber if for myself would I want to strive to be anything or anybody but myself.
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