"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
"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
"Since knowledge, thinking, and rational action are properties of the individual, since the choice to exercise his rational faculty or not depends on the individual, man's survival requires that those who think be free of the interference of those who don't. Since men are neither omniscient nor infallible, they must be free to agree or … Continue reading America’s Forgotten Vision
"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
Alvah Scarret: "What if you found something you wanted?" Dominique Francon: "I won't find it. I won't choose to see it. It would be part of that lovely world of yours. I'd have to share it with all the rest of you - and I wouldn't. You know, I never open again any great book … Continue reading The Dominique Complex
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson September 17th marks Constitution Day - the celebration of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. … Continue reading The Importance of September 17th
"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
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that we should either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. I believe that we all aspire for greatness, one way or another.
I also believe that sometimes all we need is a little bit of confidence. We can be better, smarter or faster.
A century ago, people were dreaming of flying, trying and failing, falling on the ground. But why do people fall? Why do they continue to fight when all hope seems to be lost? I believe it is because it is in our nature to fight, to try to find something in the darkness of the things we do not understand, in the chaos that surrounds us.
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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
"She thought that relaxation was attractive only in those for whom it was an unnatural state; then even limpness acquired purpose." Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead I don’t like to admit it, but sometimes the multitude of life’s stressors can be a bit too overwhelming. After 15 years of playing, piano is still my preferred form … Continue reading The Value of Relaxation