I min ferie læste jeg “The Fountainhead” af Ayn Rand. Ganske fin bog, men som Atlas Shrugged er den lige lovlig lang.
Der var et par passager, jeg lagde specielt mærke til. Nyd dem herunder:
Det første lyder:
Nothing is given to man on earth. Everything he needs has to be produced. And here man faces his basic alternative: he can survive in only one of two ways – by the independent work of his own mind or as a parasite fed by the minds of others.
Så altså: Kun produktion giver mulighed for forbrug. Og du kan enten producere selv, eller tage det fra andre (ordvalget viser, at Rand ikke har meget til overs for omfordeling).
Det næste er:
Men have been taught that their first concern is to relieve the suffering of others. But suffering is a disease. Should one come upon it, one tries to give relief and assistance. To make that the highest test of virtue is to make suffering the most important part of life. Then man must wish to see others sufferâ€”in order that he may be virtuous. Such is the nature of altruism. The creator is not concerned with disease, but with life. Yet the work of the creators has eliminated one form of disease after another, in manâ€™s body and spirit, and brought more relief from suffering than any altruist could ever conceive.
Hvis det ypperste mål er at redde folk i nød, så er vi afhængige af at have folk i nød, vi kan redde. Er det et sundt incitament?
Det sidste handler om religion – eller hvad?
Havenâ€™t you been able to catch their theme songâ€”â€˜Give up, give up, give up, give upâ€™? Look at the moral atmosphere of today. Everything enjoyable, from cigarettes to sex to ambition to the profit motive, is considered depraved or sinful. Just prove that a thing makes men happyâ€”and youâ€™ve damned it. Thatâ€™s how far weâ€™ve come. Weâ€™ve tied happiness to guilt. And weâ€™ve got mankind by the throat. Throw your first-born into a sacrificial furnaceâ€”lie on a bed of nailsâ€”go into the desert to mortify the fleshâ€”donâ€™t danceâ€”donâ€™t go to the movies on Sundayâ€”donâ€™t try to get richâ€”donâ€™t smokeâ€”donâ€™t drink. Itâ€™s all the same line. The great line.
Er det religiøst, hvis vi mener, at det er en synd at være egoistisk? Jeg synes, der er en pointe her. Og som vi alle ved, er religion roden til meget ondt.