An Atlas Shrugged Exerpt

From Ayn Rand’s novel:

“Whenever anyone accuses some person of being ‘unfeeling’, he means that that person is just. He means that that person has no causeless emotions and will not grant him a feeling which he does not deserve. He means that ‘to feel’ is to go against reason, against moral values, against reality. He means. . . What’s the matter?” she asked, seeing the abnormal intensity of the girl’s face.

“It’s. . . it’s something I’ve tried so hard to understand. . . for such a long time. . . ”

“Well, observe that you never hear that accusation in defense of innocence, but always in defense of guilt. You never hear it said by a good person about those who fail to do him justice. But you always hear it said by a rotter about those who treat him as a rotter, those who don’t feel any sympathy for the evil he’s committed or for the pain he suffers as a consequence. Well it’s true – that is what I do not feel. But those who feel it feel nothing for any quality of human greatness, for any person or action who deserves admiration, approval, esteem. These are the things I feel. You’ll find that it’s one or ther other. Ask yourself which, of the two, are the unfeeling persons. And then you’ll see what motive is the opposite of charity.”

“What?” she whispered.

“Justice, Cherryl.”

7 Responses to “An Atlas Shrugged Exerpt”

  1. rae says:

    Feel this

  2. The "D" says:

    What page is that on? I have tried to keep reading the book but Madden and Halo 2 WON’T leave me alone. They are like little crack gods calling my name. (For those who don’t know—crack gods are the things that make crack heads want more and more crack all the time)

  3. The "D" says:

    See now that is the bad. That guy will never live that down. I would have offered her some donuts then when she wasn’t looking (eating) I would have ran away!

  4. Mexigogue says:

    Page 826 in my paperback.

  5. guy in the UNLV Jacket says:

    Fucking rotters

  6. Phelps says:

    You know, I haven’t played San Andreas in a week. Comrade Blasti (my SKS) fired very well this weekend after I cleaned the last of the cosmoline snot that I missed in the first 10 cleanings out.

  7. Mexigogue says:

    I’ve been playing American Army. I’m getting better at it, my frag rate is up. But the other day I pulled the pin on a grenade cuz there was some enemy right around the corner (I could see their shadows). Some of that Islamic stuff must have kicked in because I suddenly had the urge to run into the thick of the crowd and just take one for the Umma! HAHAHAHAHAA!!!!

    As it panned out I threw grenade, the enemy scattered and I ended up popping one at close quarters with my rifle.