Saturday, April 24, 2010

I had  such heavy work in the last few days, it had become impossible to write.  I thought atleast let us see how a human being should think of himself.  In this regard I thought I would quote from Ayn Rand.
From Fountainhead by Ayn Rand from page 349 & 355 I intend quoting.  Howard Roark was asked to construct a temple.  He was an Architect.  He constructed the temple.  He was given full liberty to design the same.  He was sued for a bad job meaning it did not have any semblance of a temple.  In the said case two persons were examined.  Their evidence is extracted.
 Elsworth M Toohey gave his evidence as follows.
  “Two essential conceptions of a temple are a sense of awe and a sense of man’s humility.  We have noted the gigantic proportions of religious edifices, the soaring lines, the horrible grotesques of monster-like gods, or, later, gargoyles.  All of it tends to impress upon man his essential insignificance, to crush him by sheer magnitude, to imbue him with that sacred terror which leads to the meekness of virtue.  The Stoddard Temple is a brazen denial of our entire past, an insolent ‘No’ flung in the face of history.  I may venture a guess as to the reason why this case has aroused such public interest.  All of us have recognized instinctively that it involves a moral issue much beyond its legal aspects.  This building is a monument to a profound hatred of humanity.  It is one man’s ego defying the most sacred impulses of all mankind, of every man on the street, of every man in this courtroom!”. 
The other person examined was Ms. Francon Dominique.  She gave evidence as  follows.
“Howard Roark built a temple to the human spirit.  He saw man as strong, proud, clean, wise and fearless.  He saw man as a heroic being.  And he built a temple to that.  A temple is a place where man is to experience exaltation.  He thought that exaltation comes from the consciousness of being guiltless, of seeing the truth and achieving it, of living up to one’s highest possibility, of knowing no shame and having no cause for shame, of being able to stand naked in full sunlight.  He thought that exaltation means joy and that joy is man’s birthright. He thought that a place built as a setting for man is a sacred place.  That is what Howard Roark thought of man and of exaltation.”
In this case Toohey had instigated the suit to be filed.  At one place he tells about how to destroy a good Architect as follows.
  “It is difficult enough to acquire fame.  It is impossible to change its nature once you’ve acquired it.  No, you can never ruin an architect by proving that he’s a bad architect.  But you can ruin him because he’s an atheist, or because somebody sued him, or because he slept with some woman, or because he pulls wings off bottleflies.  You’ll say it doesn’t make sense?  Of course it doesn’t.  That’s why it works.  Reason can be fought with reason.  How are you going to fight the unreasonable?  The trouble with you, my dear, and with most people, is that you don’t have sufficient respect for the senseless.  The senseless is the major factor in our lives.  You have no chance if it is your enemy.”   

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