Saturday, March 31, 2012

Photo a day - April

I am crazy... but in addition to the A to Z Challenge, I'm going to give this a go!

My Thoughts on Atlas Shrugged

In January I discovered Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand on Wow... incredible book.

In fact, it was so incredible that I immediately listed to it again. All sixty hours of it. That translates to over 1,000 pages if you read the book.

I have heard it said that Atlas Shrugged is the second most influential book next to the Bible. I can believe it. I wish I had read it 20 years ago. It helped me to define various concepts that I have struggled with in building my own philosophy. I highly recommend it!

If you haven't read the book, but think you hate it, Ayn Rand and everything they have to say - go read it before you make up your mind based on what others have said.

If you watched the movie, let me tell you they cut out so much of the book I have no clue what conclusions you may have drawn. Don't let the movie, which I assume left you very confused, dissuade you from reading the book.

If fact, if you have a commute at all I highly recommend you get the audio book read by Scott Brick. His rendition of the book is phenomenal. He's a great voice actor.

Of note, some of the concepts I enjoyed exploring the most were:
  • the sanction of the victim - we allow people to make us feel guilty
  • what money really represents - it is a symbol of the value we offer to others
  • going on a mental strike - I think this may link to the modern day "disengaged employee" 
  • rational selfishness - by being selfish you put yourself in a position where you can help others
I cannot recommend this book enough. It has changed my outlook on life. I have read a lot of great books, but this one really spoke to me.

After listening to it twice, I then followed up with Diana Hsieh's podcasts about the book - there are 20 of them. Also highly recommended!