Reason as the Leading Motive

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Personal Activism

Posted by Jerry on February 27, 2008

I have played a significant part in introducing my friend L’Innommable to the ideas of Ayn Rand and Objectivism. In fact, I think I have done the same with most (all?) of my close friends, who have now read the major works of Ayn Rand and agree with at least some of her ideas to some extent.

I think it comes with the territory: out of happenstance, if I befriend someone, they are bound to be exposed to my value-system; indeed, I am certain that my values play a role in the kind of people I keep and value as friends.

As a matter of fact, I know that simply running this blog and writing the occasional article on Objectivism here has introduced several people to Ayn Rand and helped them get a more mature grasp of her ideas. I am happy of these consequences–and they are an added perk because they are not wholly intended. I write on my blog simply because I like setting my thoughts into words, and I derive a serene sense of pride from my writings. That my blog has resulted in some positive–and hopefully, challenging–intellectual experiences for some is a delight to learn about.

Anyway, L’Innommable is in the midst of reading Atlas Shrugged and he has written of his impressions of the book so far. I liked what he had to say. Here’s just an excerpt of his post:

“[Atlas Shrugged] reminds me of a symphony… I see hints, suggestions, undertones, and allusions to what is to come; an exposition on the philosophy of Objectivism. The thing is, it starts out as any good symphony would, not giving too much away in the beginning, but enticing the listener to continue listening for his enjoyment and edification, climbing ever higher to a crescendo that seems inevitable.”

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My Bookshelf

Posted by Jerry on September 24, 2007

Upon an invitation from a friend, I recently registered on two book-cataloging Web sites. They function as a kind of online bookshelf that you can share with your friends, categorize according to various parameters, comment on and rate the books, view and review the books that others have read, etc.

I like the idea.

So, here is my list of books on the two sites:

Library Thing shelf


All the books listed are either on my real bookshelf at home or are ones that I have read/currently reading. I have not bothered to select the exact editions for each book I read (since I’m not even aware of their particular dates of publication); therefore, I may not actually have the specific edition of a book that I have displayed on the list.

Feel free to add me to your friend’s list (if you already have an account), write your reviews of books that you and I have read, give your ratings, and even offer some suggestions of books that you think I might enjoy reading–given the pattern in the kind of books I read.

P.S. The above links can also be accessed from the bottom of the sidebar to the right.

P.P.S. It should go without saying, the list is not exhaustive.

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