.. t condone aspiring changes. Gail Wynand’s falter is due to carelessness in maintaining his integrity. His business etiquette involves sacrificing himself and dedicating his whole life’s work as a service to the people, for the people. He suppresses the outcries of his conscience, acting only on the behalf of strengthening public relations and obtaining higher profits.
The man owns his fortune, but he did not own himself. The public mob lay claim to his existence. His fortune is a mere donation from the public in return for the service that he provides them. Wynand suffers internal pain, a pain unbearable due to disappointment and a sour appointment with reality. He dare challenges the public in a duel, wasting his efforts in exercising a power that he never own.
The sudden impact caught the victim off guard because he never bother to ask and no one care to answer. In an effort to reclaim himself, Wynand risked his fortune in a fight against the public for something which he believes and lost. He is force to forfeit his newspaper empire, a life long dream of a man who never was. In the end, he realizes too late that it is easier to move imilar to an engine over heated, Toohey is too power hungry, in turn his eminent downfall. He knows quite well that he is incapable of achieving true power, so his conscience convulges and lash back at the individual boulders, then to budge entire mountains.
To every situation there exist two extremes, presumably the black and the white. The identity of the black is usually mark with a stamp of disapproval and render forbidden deep within the abyss. In the world of The Fountainhead, Foul plays the dead man’s hand. Ayn Rand is a towering deity who rules with an iron fist She refuses to tolerate imperfection, despising power gain through self deprivation and unjust sacrifices. She mimics the qualities of a collective society in Peter Keating, a living mannequin, suseptable only to the movements which others care to permit. Outspokenly, Ayn Rand defends her opinions of a collective’s destructive nature by lowering the character of Peter Keating to a point which is comparable to insects, slugs and parasites. Keating is not a man, but a mass mob of the collective. When Rand refers to him, she speaks of society as a whole.
When Keating speaks of self, he voices the thoughts of a million. He kills the meaning of the word ‘independence’. He is very smart and cunning, but all of which he steals or borrows from others. His apparition of progress is repetition and his view of success is the approval by some one else. Keating is the master manipulator, who knowingly victimizes himself.
He represents his own sacrificial goat, offering to a god that has no face, but many faces. In sacrificing he gains nothing except false prestige and a delusion of happiness. He follows the desires of his mother and cast aside dreams of pursuing the profession he wants. In doing so, he denies himself the gratification of doing what he wants to do and in turn sentencing himself to a life of misery and frustration. The fool refuses to accept that, ‘ Where there’s sacrifice, there is some one collecting sacrificial offerings,’ and, ‘ Where there is service, there is some one being served.’ Ultimately, this ties into slavery, and worse yet, its self slavery.
Keating flows through a transition of vanity, fame, lies, flatter, and eventually guilt. He lacks the essential of self respect. A person without self respect lives in insecurity, holding a bomb that has no control over its detonation switch. The fame that he dwell on comes with a price and that is the man’s own dignity. He flushes his human qualities in a trade with the devil and in the end suffers the consequences.
He who deceives others, deceives himself. Yet even deceit has its limits. A collective is not an entity, it is a monster that consume without remorse. It destroys what is great and promotes a relationship where the exchange is mutual exploitation. The society which would keating into existence abandons him, satisfied that it has done its toll. Then it has abruptly embraces him, his power vanishes.
Keating realizes that he is left alone and slowly his conscience seeps in, destroying the empty shell that remains. This is true example of power without responsibility. With respect to the Webster’s Dictionary, power is define as, ‘authority,’ and a form of ‘control’. Inevitably, authority suggests the notion of power aim at a target, and often over group of people or individuals without ‘control’. In turn, power is rather destructive, its nature is the encouragement of a society where individuals strive to conquer one another.
Generally, human kind have never learn cope with this fact, thus locking itself in a cycle of voluntary decay. Ayn Rand sums it up in a quote, Life can be kept in existence only by a constant process of self-sustaining actions. In her vision, she proposes progress as a measurement of power and a solution to the ‘process of self- sustaining actions’, as an individual who exist not to triumph over other men, but in the conquest of nature. Nature is a formidable foe which trembles the heart of the weak, but to great men, it’s dangers serve as an inspiration. Ayn Rand worships the greatness in men who dares to break the Cycle and humbly honor them by creating the character of Howard Roark, a symbolism of strength and determination.
Roark is `self centered’, `self generated’, `self sufficient’, `self motivated’ and is the ideal man. He represents a powerful locomotive, pulling his only cargo of an ego and armor plating which protects it. Power streams from this neural core, it surges in a fluxing shield that illuminates an aura of remarkable energy, fuel that can only come from an individual. The antagonist, Ellsworth Toohey once claims that, A thinking man can’t be ruled. This statement aims at an opponent that is superior to all and including society.
Roark thinks and this gives him the power to create. Creators are mile stones, set far from the filthy reaches of the mass mob who deserves no place for contest. Creators travels uncharted paths into a unique destiny, pursuing uncontrollable possibilities. Society lack control over Roark, this hatred overwhelms them and they set out to destroy him. The Leeches complicates themselves in attacking something that is prone to their touch. Roark is not an image of a man, but a hologram that is immune to outside interference. At first, Roark’s character can be on the outrageous side, doom humorous and terribly intimidating. However, he is the product of a radical thinker and thus is an incredible concept of thought.
Believing in his existence help to understand the philosophy behind his character and like wise the character behind the philosophy. Perhaps at the dawn of creation, all human beings can be considered paupers in terms of knowledge, wisdom and undoubtedly, the power to make appropriate decisions. Simply put, life’s a continuous search for a sturdy foundation, upon which will erect a monumental shrine for those who succeeds, and for mindless others who fail to choose the right path, it will be their final resting place, six feet under. Success is eminent for those who search vigorously, but more importantly for those who knows where to seek the guidance. There are few however, that surpass the stage of seeking, they go beyond to collect their wisdom into a teaching, guidance in the form of a philosophy. Ayn Rand is one among them.
Individualism is the philosophy which exemplify ‘self’, promotes greatness and prolong longevity of the human race. It contains the power lock inside every individual. Our responsibility as an emity on this planet, is to tap this incredible source of energy, utilizing this fuel to propel humanity into the depth of the future. This is a lesson readers of Ayn Rand’s philosophy will never forget. We are supplied with various paths to take in life.
The true heroes will know which he is to take and remain above all others. Those who fail, will end up in the melting pot of society, their flame of freedom extinguished. Book Reports.