- Ortigas, Me, Philippines
- member since November 8, 2007
Andrew S’s last login was Thursday, September 10, 2009.
You asked what I didn't agree with in "Atlas Shrugged".
Unlike Ms. Rand, I believe there is a time and place for charity. There are many, who by no fault of their own need help. Those born in areas of this world where opportunities for self-improvement are non-existent. Or those who deal with physical or mental limitations. Rand's heroes are both mentally and physically perfect. Most of us are not so fortunate. And her heroes seem to have few human connections. No loving families, children and almost no friends, just uncompromising self-discipline and an almost blind devotion to production.
Rand's vision of utopia also requires industrial leaders of moral integrity, which seem to be in short supply these days. Too many sleazy short-term hustlers and not enough long-term planners.
It also greatly bothered me that in the book, if you didn't possess a brilliant mind you weren't welcome in their little Utopia world. I found it appalling that Dagny left Eddie behind at the end of the novel. He was a loyal friend, a tireless worker, but because he was not a "creator" he has no value?
Don't get me wrong I really liked the book. And much of her philosophy rang true. But you did ask what I didn't agree with.