You certainly do have a wonderful way with words. Reading your piece made me want to "go see" the temple for myself.
The following question appeared in the April 1962 copy of The Objectivist Newsletter.
“How does one lead a rational life in an irrational society, such as we have today?”
Ayn Rand responded at length, but one short quote from her response is worth noting.
“…one need not launch into unprovoked moral denunciation or debates, but that one must speak up in situations where silence can be objectively be taken to mean agreement with or sanctioned of evil. When on deals with irrational persons, where argument is futile, a mere ‘I don’t agree with you’ is sufficient to negate any implication moral sanction.”….”But in no case and in no situation may one permit one’s own values to be attacked or denounced, and kept silent.”
On occasion I have said, “I hope you don’t assume that I agree with you just because I am remaining silent.”