I have read several books and delved into countless writings, but my inspiration still remains the same – Ayn Rand. I started reading her books when I was in school and had a reasonably capitalistic bent of mind. However, I do not agree with her philosophy of capitalism anymore, but her strong and persuasive and dominating play of words is like a blast of hot air and affects you long after reading. She was a renowned philosopher of her times. She mainly wrote hard core philosophical stuff.
But she is mostly famous due to her three works of fiction that reflected her core philosophy, which can be summarized in one sentence as: “Selfishness breeds perfection, which in turn paves the way for success”. Her three fictional works included “Fountainhead”, “Atlas Shrugged” and “The night of January 16th”. Sometimes I feel like making a documentary movie on these stories but then that is a very far fetched fantasy. Even her fictional work portrayed strong characters like Howard Roark, Dominique Francon, Dagny Taggart, John Galt, Hank Rearden, Gail Wynand who leave strong imprints in your mind. Not only this, she always favored original intelligence, creativity and individuality in her characters.
It’s been more than 10 years since I have picked up any of her writings. However her words still remain firmly engraved in my mind. Well, would you like to share who your favorite ‘Ayn Rand’ character is? Mine is Dagny Taggart with her unrelenting spirit to continue running her railroad company against all odds.
P.S.: I will come again with an open discussion on Ayn Rand and her philosophy of capitalism.