If this is all correct, I have a hard time understanding why Roark, in chapter 13 of "Fountainhead" continually tries to talk people out of their own desires, architectually speaking. ... Why must everyone conform to Roark's self-centered vision of what is architectually correct?Roark wants to build homes that are worth living in. Adam Reed mentioned Freeware: code done right. Creating the best you can deliver is the best thing you can do for yourself.
That said, I have chosen to stay out of the Quarry. As a technical writer, my client will ask me what I need to do the job. They want a 100+ page book and also online documentation. I specify desktop publishing and website authoring packages, and they have no budget for that, they say. They ask if I can do it all in Microsoft Word. I tell them that they will pay me more in billable hours. They say that they have the budget for labor, but not for software. So, I do what they want. That's what they pay me for.
I stopped quitting jobs over aesthetic issues about 20 years ago. For one thing, as a freelancer, I also write magazine articles, and that gives me the freedom to pick the assignment and so on. One day, about 20 years ago, I came home from work in a dark mood. I had to re-do good work and replace it with bad. "What's wrong?" my wife asked. I told her what happened. "Look in the dictionary," I said. I turned to the definition for hack: a writer who works for pay without regard for personal or professional standards. "I'm a hack," I said. She replied, "That's okay, dear, most writers have to quit their jobs to become hacks." It was never a problem after that.
The Fountainhead is like a Greek statue. The work of art is an expression of an ideal. It is important to realize that your view of yourself is independent of whether your entire hand is 1.618 times longer than your middle finger. You don't have to be built like a Greek god to have a rational mind. The work in stone expresses the essence of that rational mind.
Keating puts nothing of himself in his work: he always takes the easy way out and as soon as he can, he assigns work to others in the office so that he can socialize. It is not just "division of labor." Keating has no "self" to put in his work.
When I take on an assignment I always put 100% of myself into it. I always give my best effort... even if the client wants a Victorian eclectic user manual and neo-colonial online help to go with it.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 12/14, 5:43pm)
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