AmenEncountering the thinking of Ayn Rand was, for many of us, a watershed period in our lives, one we will not forget.
Perhaps we cannot tie it to a specific moment, as we'd remember what were doing when a president dies, or when men walked on the moon, or when the Berlin wall fell--reading, say, Atlas Shrugged is not an event of a moment. It is an act of growing awareness, an epiphany in slow motion.
For me, it was the realization that humans, whatever their flaws, are magnificent beings and a crowning achievement of nature. Ayn Rand's greatest gift to me was the freedom to take pleasure in my own humanity without apology to a god, to my neighbor, or to the planet.
For you, it may take a somewhat different form. But if you're reading this, you probably know how I feel.
(Edited by Nathan Hawking on 5/26, 1:46am)