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Unformatted text preview: The Fountainhead © Copyright Philosopher’s Notes, LLC page 1 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Plume © 2005 752 pages The Big Ideas Our Own Greatness Don’t betray it. Not a Second-Hander You are not one. I Love You Seriously, I do. Show Me Yours And I’ll show you mine. Love The Doing Do you love what you do? On Purpose What’s yours? Pure White Bliss White = all the colors. Independence From the option of others. Comparisons Don’t make them. Know What You Want Well, what do you want? Greatest Courage Go for it! Our Greatness (again) You ready to rock? The Big Ideas “It does not matter that only a few in each generation will grasp and achieve the full real- ity of man’s proper stature—and the rest will betray it. It is those few that move the world and give life its meaning—and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are no concern of mine; it is not me or “The Fountainhead” that they will betray: it is their own souls.” ~ Ayn Rand from the Introduction to The Fountainhead Ayn Rand. She’s kinda like a female version of Nietzsche. He was known to deliver his philosophy “with a hammer.” Same with Rand. You never need to wonder what she was thinking as she writes in a remarkably direct, brilliantly passionate voice. Deeply influenced by the devastation of her family during the Bolshevic revolution in Russia, Rand came to the United States as a 21-year old and brought with her a disdain for all things imposed from the outside world and developed her remarkably intense philosophy of personal choice and freedom. In this Note, we’re not going to get into Objectivism or have a discussion about the pros and cons of Rand’s philosophy. Rather, as we always do, we’re gonna take a quick peak at some of the many Big Ideas from her seminal book, The Fountainhead and, most impor- tantly, explore how we can apply these Ideas to our lives. NOW. Before we jump in, I will offer this: for those who have not read Rand yet, The Fountain- head focuses on the story of Howard Roark—the hero who embodies her ideals and plays with a cast of characters in a world that does anything but honor his genius. It’s a portrait of the struggle inherent to the process of embodying one’s greatness while Atlas Shrugged (a 1,000+ page magnum opus), on the other hand, focuses more on the question, “What would happen if the leaders of the industrialists went on strike?” They’re both awesome. I highly recommend you hole yourself up for a weekend or two and get through at least one of her books if you’re feelin’ it. For now, let’s jump in. [Quick character overview: Roark is the hero. Dominique (named my dog after her :) is the heroine. Keating and Toohey are the anti-heroes.] The Fountainhead © Copyright Philosopher’s Notes, LLC page 2 “But whoever would be- come light and a bird must love himself: thus I teach… One must learn to love one- self with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself...
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