Rand's ideas are persuasive..seductive even. But they leave me with a neauseous, hollow feeling. If I were to believe what she thinks about the essence of mankind I would spiral into despair.
Call me naive, but even in the face of few supporting examples and continous reinforcement to the contrary, I have to believe that people -- at least some people -- are better than that. More virtuous. More lazy.
I take solace in the dude -- that pantheon of achievementlessness -- Jeffrey Lebowski. The deadbeat Lebowski. Beer in one hand, j in the other, listenin to Creedence and goin bowlin. Makes me feel better. Then I remember ski bums, climber bums, boater bums...persuing happiness, sure, but it's tough to argue that they do anything productive. Well, I guess somebody has to wash the dishes at a hotel in Jackson Hole.
I find reading H.S. Thompson WAY more enjoyable. It's a shame after dental school I swore off reading for good. You read a 500 page textbook about root canals and tell me if you feel like looking at more words on a page.
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy