May 5th, 2012

Interesting words - Ayn Rand

"If I found a job, a project, an idea or a person I wanted, I'd have to depend on the whole world. Everything has strings leading to everything else. We're all in a net, the net is waiting, and we're pushed into it by one single desire. You want a thing and it's precious to you. Do you know who is standing ready to tear it out of your hands? You can't know, it may be so involved and so far away, but someone is ready, and you're afraid of them all. And you cringe and you crawl and you beg and you accept them, just so they'll let you keep it. And look at whom you come to accept. It's such a peculiar thing, our idea of mankind in general. We have a vague, glowing picture when we say that, something solemn, big and important. But actually all we know of it is the people we meet in our lifetime. Look a them. Do you know any you'd feel big and solemn about? There's nothing but housewives haggling at pushcarts, drooling brats who write dirty words on the sidewalks, and drunken debutantes. Or their spiritual equivalents. As a matter of fact, one can feel some respect for people when they suffer. They have a certain dignity. But have you ever looked at them when they're enjoying themselves? That's when you see the truth. Look at those who spend the money they've slaved for, at amusement parks and side shows. Look at those who're rich and have the whole world open to them. Watch them in the smarter speakeasies. That's your mankind in general. I don't want to touch it. I take the only desire one can really permit oneself, freedom. To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing."
Ayn Rand

671 - dinner/talk

Too late to cogitate tonight. I had dinner at Piatti with an old friend, one of those dinners that are eating, then talking and talking and talking. Then we walked over to the Ram and talked more and more. Very enjoyable updating on life.