As of right now, I am currently reading chapter 9 of The Romantic Manifesto. Ayn Rand is discussing the development of morality in children, and how society is making them look at morality as a negative, painful thing. These kids will grow up with a subconciously negative, cynicle view of the world, with a broken spirit. The optimistic thing to ask is, "Can these people be saved?" I love stories of redemption and rescue, and I consider myself saved in a way by Ayn Rand. But her writing seems so dark and hopeless for the victims of the altruist and collectivist monsters that plague our world. I know these people must choose to be saved, but will their upbringing as a child forever linger in their subconscious?
asked Apr 30 '12 at 10:08
Can someone rekindle their own broken spirit?
Can someone rekindle the broken spirit of another?
answered Apr 30 '12 at 10:48
To amplify a little on Humbug's succinct answer, it's not entirely clear from the question whether Collin is talking about himself or about others. The main text of the question states:
The optimistic thing to ask is, "Can these people be saved?"
Saved by whom?
As RM explains in Chapter 9 ("Art and Moral Treason"), there has to be at least a basic "inner spark" from the victim himself in order for him to be able to save himself. Others cannot do that for him, as the questioner acknowledges: "I know these people must choose to be saved...." It sounds like the questioner is one victim who has a spark -- "in a way," as he mentions, through his love of "stories of redemption and rescue" and the fact that he is reading at least some of Ayn Rand's works.
Ayn Rand herself wrote:
...whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential.
(From Ayn Rand's Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Fountainhead.)
answered May 01 '12 at 00:51
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