The Great Song of Me

It’s another Ayn Rand morning. Life seems to move in themes and for me lately that has meant “The Fountainhead.” There are tons of great messages in this book. The enjoyable thing so far is that they’re embedded in characters and a plot that are very real. There is no “and they lived happily ever after” so far – the characters are too human to be so simplistic.


I came across another passage on the plane that I dogeared and wanted to share for the past few weeks. Many people talk about “giving your power away.” I’ve heard Oprah write and speak about it. That you hand your personal power and your life over to others when you ask them or let them make decisions for you. I’ve read about it from many authors. In fact in a book I’m reading parallel with “The Fountainhead”- the authors (Esther and Jerry Hicks and Abraham) speak of the wisdom of making your own choices because really only you can know what’s best for you. Other people can try to give you advice but no one is ever truly capable of being totally unbiased in their advice. I think that’s why this particular passage struck me. It’s between Howard Roark (who was expelled from architectural school the day before graduating – and totally doesn’t care) and Peter Keating (a “friend” so-to-speak, schoolmate, and roommate).


Hopefully as you read this exchange, it will spark some remembrance in you of the great privilege and obligation each of us has to chose our own life, to make our own decisions, and to live our unique and specific purpose. Only we can ever know what that is. No one will ever be able to tell you.


“If you want my advice, Peter,” Roark said at last, “you’ve made a mistake already. By asking me. By asking anyone. Never ask people. Not about your work. Don’t you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?”

“You see, that’s why I admire you Howard. You always know.”

“Drop the compliments.”

“But I mean it. How do you always manage to decide?”

“How can you let others decide for you?”


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