My Terms Are a Man’s Right to Exist for His Own Sake

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Do you believe you have the right to exist for your own sake? I’m not asking you if you would give yourself up for someone you love. I am asking you if you own yourself. Do you exist for the pursuit of your own needs or desires? What will you give up for the collective good? After all, As Obama said, “At some point… you’ve made enough money.” Right?

Today is Ayn Rand’s birthday. She was born in Russia in 1902. She saw first hand the takeover by the collectivist thugs. She escaped to the United States in 1926. You probably know her as the author of “Atlas Shrugged.” Before Atlas there was “The Fountainhead” which was made into a movie with Gary Cooper in the lead.

You own yourself. Your freedom and your free will does not come from government. So why do we Americans turn over our rights so easily for so little security?

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
—AYN RAND

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Lady Penquin
February 2, 2013 9:16 pm

I like that phrase, “do not let the hero in your soul perish…”

bobmontgomery
February 2, 2013 9:29 pm

When we discuss what happened with the Third Reich, we often say “How could the German people have not known? How could they have been used by the Nazis to acquiesce in all that?” All these TSA people, and all the Tennessee State Troopers, and US Attorneys, down to the local police, no doubt think their participation in these exercises is justified to thwart terrorism, whether or not they all agree it’s Islamic terrorism or not. But if we are to be led to believe that ‘transportation’, of any kind, justifies a TSA presence, then the fact that TSA shows… Read more »

vassarbushmills
February 3, 2013 9:51 am

Fountainhead one of my favorites, TG, and probably written by a purer Ayn Rand in 1943 than 1957 with Atlas.