"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
"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
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
Happy 109th birthday, Ayn Rand! Your ideas are what inspire me every single day to put forth my greatest effort in everything that I do. You put words to my thoughts and have taught me to value my own mind above everything else. Your ideas continue to be rare, especially among the mediocrity of the … Continue reading Happy 109th Birthday, Ayn Rand!