Discussion of The Fountainhead

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Re: Discussion of The Fountainhead

Post by Spadoinkel » April 14th, 2016, 11:16 pm

I see there are a lot of "second handers" trying to bend Ayn Rand's philosophy to fit their liberal world views. You can't do it. You either agree with or disagree with her philosophy. It is not a school of thought that you can pick and choose from, unless you are the type of person Elsworth Toohey would recruit to be part of a council on philosophy. Do not try t mold her thoughts to fit your ideals because you can't embrace her idea of truth. Find another school of though, one that embraces mediocrity and blended thought rather than true individualism.

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Re: Discussion of The Fountainhead

Post by Leon » May 20th, 2016, 1:02 pm

What about the rape scene?

Telling someone what a true individual is, or how he should be..doesn't that sound fishy?

It still is a book where the thoughts are layed out for you.

Pragmatic: I worked for an architect and a young woman who worked there an I had a thing, untill I told her that I had read The Fountainhead (in a naive sense that I new what a good architect was). Then the thing was over. I detest the book.

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Re: Discussion of The Fountainhead

Post by Spadoinkel » May 26th, 2016, 12:18 am

Last I checked you can't rape the willing.

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Re: Discussion of The Fountainhead

Post by Leon » May 26th, 2016, 4:59 pm

The hero in the book is a man stubborn to refuse any adaptation. In an ideal situation he meets the ideal partner.
But may situations are not ideal. And also I don't see why somone who will try to adopt should be less. It's an awkward ideal " no adaptation". With cognitive dissonance and dissonance reduction you might want to call this "having principals".
Biologically speaking creatures who don't adapt will have to be very strong to survive. Of course many people have all kinds of fantasies about this kind of strength.

-- Updated May 27th, 2016, 6:01 am to add the following --
Leon wrote:But may situations are not ideal.
May = many.

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