I don't know how to describe a genius. Bragging, candied definitions will only diminish the talent, be insignificant in the face of the giant work. Ayn Rand's "Source" is one of the most shocking books for me, which despite its volume, I read in one go - I would wake up and fall asleep with it.

The plot is extremely compelling, but not the most important, it's not just a fairy tale. This is a Bible of truth that few people can afford to swallow. It is no coincidence that the novel is ranked second after the Bible in the United States, where it was first printed in 1943.

Ayn Rand's philosophy is unparalleled. Although influenced by the existentialism of Jean Paul Sartre and Simon de Beauvoir, it remains in history under the name "objectivism". This trend professes "rational selfishness" - freedom and complete independence of ideas against all forms of collectivism and religion.

The philosophical workload that the book carries, exposing the theory of objectivism, the importance of individualism, and the rejection of any form of collectivism (also understand the rejection of the socialist order that has already "killed half of Europe" and which Ain Rand himself flees to the United States through 1926) is also not the quintessence, it only leads us to the "spring", but whose "water" is not easy to swallow.

What the novel brings is not beautiful, on the contrary, it is ugly, and quite easy to deny, because people love beauty, we want ourselves to be beautiful in the eyes of others, we like to be flattered, to be great in the eyes of others. We want mirrors, as mentioned between the pages, that “reflect as long as they reflect. Like the ridiculous infinity seen in two opposite mirrors in a narrow corridor… Reflections of reflections, echoes of echo. No beginning and no end. Without a center and without a goal. ”But we don't want the ugly truth. We pass it by, kick it to the sides, even condemn it, because if we look it in the eye, it can collapse. To the basics. The truth about man, or as Rand calls this type of people, second hand:

Isn't he the root of every despised act? Not selfishness, but lack of ego. The man who cheats and lies, but retains facade integrity. He knows he's dishonest, but others think he's honest, and he derives his self-esteem secondhand. The man who gains prestige through someone else's achievement. He knows how mediocre he is, but he is great in the eyes of others. The dissatisfied loser who professes love for the inferior and clings to the incompetent to prove his superiority by comparison… These people strive for ostentation: to express themselves, to amaze, to entertain, to impress others. Such are second-hand people. See our so-called cultural events. A lecturer who recites other people's thoughts that mean absolutely nothing to himself in front of people who listen but do not give a damn and sit there to tell their friends that they have attended a lecture by a famous speaker. Everyone is second hand.

The ugly truth is that we are all sometimes second-hand people. But the mere fact that we can realize it eliminates the possibility of being second-hand people all the time. Sort of like the Dunning-Kruger effect. Aware of your shortcomings, you rise above those who consider themselves sinless.

For those who manage to acknowledge this truth at least before themselves, the Source gives you the new perspective of staying true to yourself, unshakable to the collective power of others to despise and destroy the individualist. The individualist hidden within you who whispers that all you have to do is pursue your own happiness, your own interest, without seeking other's approval and praise.

Ifat Glassman, Ayn Rand, 2012

The "fountain" that everyone is eagerly seeking is in fact a personal belief in one's own capabilities, unshakable in the face of the onslaught of collectivist attitudes. It comes only from within, from one's own ego, not from external stimuli.

In general, Ain Rand's works have a purely anti-socialist (anti-collectivist) orientation, regardless of the scale on which we view the world. Moving from interpersonal to social, and even interstate, we find that the principles of objectivism remain valid. Individual freedom, freedom of ideas, goals and actions is the most valuable asset, both micro and macro. Source of human development.

The book is so brilliant that the desire it generates is destructive. You want to erase her so that no one else touches her, to ruin her with simplicity and pretentious readiness, only seemingly appreciating the talent. But if talent is doomed to loneliness, then all loneliness is top. Fortunately, not every peak is conquered and thus kept clean and intact.

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