Because “Atlas Shrugged” is not “the Sermon on the Mount”

On this second day of Lent, I have a couple of videos to share with you. The first is from an interview Ayn Rand did with Mike Wallace back in the days when networks were few.

Ayn Rand, the author, novelist, and philosopher, answers the kinds of tough questions that journalists used to be able to ask, back when the networks were an oligopoly.

She made lots of appearances on other talk shows over the years as well. I read The Fountainhead a long time ago, but I never bothered reading Atlas Shrugged. Watching this video may help you understand why.

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You love only those who deserve it. Gulp! Just in case you’re interested, I hear a movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged is due to hit theaters on April 15th. I doubt that I will go see it.

You see, I prefer the thoughts that the Word made flesh delivered at the Sermon on the Mount to the “objectivist” philosophy of Ayn Rand any day of the week. That’s because these words appeal to the rational, realistic, and fully human side of me. Especially those expressed around Matthew 7:3 (at the very end of the clip).

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Update: Mark Shea also has some thoughts on Ayn Rand and a poem (or two).

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing the Ayn Rand video- even if it made me upset. Why did it make me upset? Because I know people today who believe in her code of morality. Individuals who feel that "reason is the absolute guide to morality", that altruism is wrong and that there is no God. I can't battle their intellectual objectivity so I pray for them.

  • catholicsoccermom

    I cringe when I see people touting Rand as a great person. She held views that are outright evil. I read Atlas (and might see the movie – I think it's been toned down), but I was horrified by the people who were supposedly good. And no one was middle of the road. Either they were Looters or the shining good. And even physical appearances told you immediately who was who. I have a friend who said that Ayn Rand is one of the only people who she thinks is in Hell for sure, but I occasionally pray for her soul. We just don't know what kind of mercies God offered her in the end or what she did with them.

  • Esperu

    I find two things especially remarkable about this. The first is the extent to which Mike Wallace so plainly and clearly can articulate the monstrousness of what she is saying. So few of us today have in our lexicon the tools to see what is flawed in her words.Te second is the extent to which Ayn Rand is Ble to start with what seem like sound principles and so quickly land herself in deeply flawed conclusions. Her ability to twist the truth is truly demonic.

  • Frank

    I have a couple of friends, Christians even, who have expressed interest in her philosophy and such. As a Christian, and a Catholic, I don't see the appeal. In fact, I steer them to the Sermon on the Mount and to the Facebook page dedicated to plugging the oil leak in the Gulf with her works. :-D

  • Anonymous

    Frank, I think it's all too telling that those who claim to be both Christians and Randians are those who think they are of the Calvinist Elect (and automatically saved no matter what they do) and everyone else is of the Preterite and therefore damned no matter what they do.South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is a perfect example. He says he's both Christian and a Rand fan. ( I say you cannot be both.

  • Tim Von Itter

    I have never read her works… but I heard her referred to as a “witch” by a parish priest… After hearing her own words, I would have to say, too soft of language! She’s not quite a 666, but definitely a 66!