Ayn Rand’s, Anthem is an amazing book. It’s a pretty short read that packs in a heavy message, stressing the importance of the meaning of the word “I.” It shouldn’t be a very difficult thing to explain, but the impact of such a small word is tremendous. I just wanted to share a couple of quotes that really fire on all cylinders, philosophically, for me. I absolutely love that book. She articulates the core of Individualism and Capitalism so perfectly. Rand Objectivism taught me the true meaning of personal responsibility and the value of taking pride in self.
The pride of an individual:
“I do not surrender my treasures, nor do I share them. The fortune of my spirit is not to be blown into coins of brass and flung to the winds as alms for the poor of the spirit. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom. I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them. I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others. I covet no man`s soul, nor is my soul theirs to covet.”
Things to ALWAYS ask yourself:
“What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree, and obey?”