Happy Atlas Shrugged Day, 2012

I consider Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, the greatest work of art and most advanced human achievement. September 2 (1946) is the date on which Ayn Rand began writing the novel, and is also the date on which the novel begins. I celebrate Atlas Shrugged Day by reading passages from the novel, often by opening the book to a random page. Every page is great.

Since I have been enjoying so much great art and meeting wonderful artists this summer, I deliberately found a particular passage about artists. Here is one sentence from it: “[I]f there is more tragic a fool than the businessman who doesn’t know that he’s an exponent of man’s highest creative spirit—it’s the artist who thinks that the businessman is his enemy.”

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