Saturday, November 9, 2013
Great passage from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
I've been greatly enjoying Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (1957, Dutton, New York). For an amateur philosopher, she sure does an admirable job of skewering the sacrificial underpinnings of Christianity. While I'm not exactly getting ready to jump on her libertarian bandwagon (or would it be plunging into the abyss?), she certainly raises some intriguing questions about assumptions that almost all of us take for granted. For example, Rand would argue (and I tend to agree) that there is no such thing as selfless charity. She also has an interesting way of highlighting the negating nature of theism in the speech by her character John Galt:
"[Theists] claim that they perceive a mode of being superior to your existence on earth. The mystics of spirit call it 'another dimension', which consists of denying dimensions. .... To exist is to possess identity. What identity are they able to give to their superior realm? They keep telling you what is not, but never tell you what is. All their identifications consist of negating: God is that which no human mind can know, they say - and proceed to demand that you consider it knowledge - God is non-man, heaven is non-earth, soul is non-body, virtue is non-profit, A is non-A, perception is non-sensory, knowledge is non-reason. Their definitions are not acts of defining, but of wiping out" (Atlas Shrugged, ibid at page 1035).
Posted by The Atheist Missionary at 3:15 PM