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Ayn Rand on Principles & Values


Art communicates moral ideas instead of just theory

There is a strong relationship between entertainment and a culture's overall values. Movies, music, and books are a leading indicator of where a society is going, or a reaction to what a society has become. There is a definite correlation between how we portray ourselves and the values we hold.

"Art is the indispensable medium for the communication of a moral ideal. This does not mean that art is a substitute for philosophical thought: without a conceptual theory, an artist would not be able successfully to concretize an image of the ideal. But without the assistance of art, ethics remains in the position of theoretical engineering: art is the model-builder."

-Ayn Rand, the Romantic Manifesto

Source: Tea Party Patriots, by M.Meckler & J.B.Martin, p.180 , Feb 14, 2012

I'm an atheist; religion is from man's mind,not supernatural

"[There is one] possibly misleading sentence in Roark's speech: 'From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, everything we are and everything we have comes from a single attribute of man--the function of his reasoning mind.' This could be misinterpreted to mean an endorsement of religion or religious ideas. Roark's and my atheism, as well as the overall spirit of the book, were clear, particularly since I said that religious abstractions are the product of man's mind, not of supernatural revelation." [Quoted from writings in 1968, about 'The Fountainhead']
Source: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, by Harry Binswanger, p.414-415 , Jan 1, 1986

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