Today I wish to write about Ms Ayn Rand (well yes, yellow pants and whisky will have to waitJ) the author of Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and many other and the person who is the originator of the concept of “Objectivism”. I do not claim to have read all her literature. As a matter of fact I do not wish to do so too. While I have due respect for the idea of objectivism per se, I have a problem with being told that this is the only thinkable, acceptable and perceivable idea. Over the 400 or more pages of the only book of hers I read , and the one which sold the most-Fountainhead, I was told in a literary style very unique to Ms Rand that – “this is the excellence you should have” . Not attain, not “try” to attain … but “have”. That indivisible, unchangeable and often too idealistic idea of supreme human excellence annoys me. I believe, every human being is unique and lays out his limited time span on this planet in a way he deems fit. There is no model to follow. And even if I respect the model Ms Rand proposes, I reject the repetitive notion of it being the only model that exists. I love a long menu-card, the various shades of pinks I can choose from, the list of people I can date and the variety of choices I can make in terms of how I want my life to be.
——— Demented Dreamer