A Tribute to My Grandmother

“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Friday, December 23, 2016, 4:00AM: The moment my life changed forever; the … Continue reading A Tribute to My Grandmother

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Gustave Caillebotte and the Wonders of Art History

"Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments. Man’s profound need of art lies in the fact that his cognitive faculty is conceptual, i.e., that he acquires knowledge by means of abstractions, and needs the power to bring his widest metaphysical abstractions into his immediate, perceptual awareness. Art fulfills this … Continue reading Gustave Caillebotte and the Wonders of Art History

Finding Refuge in the Extraordinary: Romantic Music as Fuel to Set the Soul on Fire

"Romantic art is the fuel and the spark plug of a man’s soul. Its task is to set a soul on fire and never let it go out." Ayn Rand, "Art and Moral Treason" from The Romantic Manifesto "The importance of that experience is not in what he learns from it, but in that he experiences … Continue reading Finding Refuge in the Extraordinary: Romantic Music as Fuel to Set the Soul on Fire

It’s All About Time: The Significance of Time in Pursuing a Life of Purpose

"Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world - to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want." Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead … Continue reading It’s All About Time: The Significance of Time in Pursuing a Life of Purpose

My Thoughts on the Ferguson Shooting

"Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not … Continue reading My Thoughts on the Ferguson Shooting

Hero-Worship

Hero-worship. I love that phrase. Properly speaking, hero-worship is: 1) a profound reverence for great people or their memory; 2) extravagant or excessive admiration for a personal hero. I have developed a profound admiration for several individuals in particular - Ayn Rand, Aristotle, and the Founding Fathers, to name a few. These great individuals provide … Continue reading Hero-Worship