Atlas Shrugged Reviewed:

“Contradictions do not exist.  Whenever you think you are are facing a contradiction, check your premises.   You will find that one of them is wrong.”  Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was an atheist and saw no value in religion.

“Since everything man needs has to be discovered by his own mind and produced by his own effort, the two essentials of the method of survival proper to rational beings are:  thinking and productive work.” Value of Selfishness
Her Premise is that man has only his mind and his ability to be productive and successful….
wrong premise…

“But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord  your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. 12For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! 14Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. 15Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! 16He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. 17He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18Remember the Lord  your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.

It is God who gives us the ability/power to be successful!!  Don’t forget God. Ayn Rand’s life was a series of contradictions because she held an incorrect premise.

“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”  Ayn Rand

This was the motivational cry of John Galt…. Why he formed his own little glitch with all of the “intellects”. Seeing that the government was sucking them dry of their productivity and penalizing them for their ability.  John wanted to give the government exactly what it wanted, a world with just “yes” men and no “thinkers”. John believed that his work and his success was his alone and that he should not have to be forced to help others who were less “intellectual” than he.  For all has the same ability to think and produce.

Wrong premise:
While we all have the same opportunities, we do not all have the same abilities.   We are called to serve and by serving we form a united whole.
Now, just because I “sound” like a looter in the story…..I’m far from it in reality.  I believe that everyone that has the ability to work….should work!!  I don’t believe that the government or that any man should have to take care of able bodied people.
I differ in that —- not all is able….
It is those that the more Blessed should assist. Yes that is a moral premise. One should not base a moral premise on what feels good at the moment. Human hearts and minds are fickle and what feels good now, may not feel good tomorrow.

Atlas Shrugged did not make me want to run away from God…. It made me run closer to God. There is true evil in the world.  This book shows a lot of techniques as to how to bring about that evil…….
But the highest evil is turning from God and declaring that Man does not need God… that we, Man, have done it on our own and that God needs US.

Don’t live life as a contradiction:  Check your premise.  God Wins.

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