Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ayn Rand was Edgar Cayce's sister?

I don't like the idea that I can know what tomorrows headlines will be just by rereading my worn copy of Atlas Shrugged. The world Rand described is harsh, cruel, and giving up on civilization.


Crucis said...

Atlas Shrugged appears to be prophetic, the result of a nanny-state and socialist policies. Just replace Twentieth Century Motor Company with GM and Chrysler and the book begins to be horribly accurate.

Albert A Rasch said...

Funny, I was thinking the same exact thing not two or three days ago while refurbishing a hand saw.

One of my neighbors saw me using a waterstone to grind some semblance of a smooth surface into a mistreated saw. I had already removed the handle flattened the teeth on my anvil.

He asked why I would bother to do that when I could go to the store and get a new one.

I asked him if he knew how to cut, sharpen and set teeth on a saw. "No clue," was his answer. I said, "I know how, my dad taught me a while back." He was puzzled and wandered off as I figure eighted that stone over the 1095 steel that the blade is made of.

Something in that exchange made me think of Atlas Shrugged, Galt, Rearden, Dagney, and Frisco.

Wonder why...

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Carteach0 said...

My Dad taught me as well. How to sharpen saw teeth, how to reset them.... how to care for the tools. Someplace I still have the saw set he gave me, and I've yet to run into anyone who had a clue what it was, let alone how to use it.

There's a special pride, a reward, in properly caring for and using good tools. It validates us as 'Man' the species.

Rand understood that, and the value an active mind and a true hand has. Too few people understand that today.