Ayn Rand

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
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Existentialist Light Bulb Joke

(printed by fortune in one of my terminal windows today) Q: How many existentialists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Two. One to screw it in and one to observe how the light bulb itself symbolizes a single incandescent beacon of subjective reality in a netherworld of endless absurdity reaching out … Continue reading “Existentialist Light Bulb Joke”

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion

(printed by fortune in one of my terminal windows today) A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods … Continue reading “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion”