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Day 12: Favorite Quote

Sometimes I get some flack from people who’ve known me for a long time because I’m an Ayn Rand fan. If you don’t know anything about her, she spawned the philosophy of Objectivism, one of the outlying tenets of Libertarianism and the Tea Party. These extremists follow her fiscal ideologies about small (or no) government involvement, particularly as it applies to business. With the Tea Party-ers, they somehow miss the mark on her anti-religious views.

These people are not true followers of her beliefs, so the people who look down on me for liking her work because these people also like her work don’t truly understand it.

My love for Ayn Rand is wrapped up in her characters. She writes heroes that are meant to be heroes.

clash_of_the_titans_poster02Unlike the recent bastardization of the Greek and Roman myths (the new Clash of the Titans immediately jumps to mind), she writes characters that are meant to be superhuman. While that new Clash of the Titans is all about relinquishing the very thing that makes Perseus a hero in favor of being just a normal, average guy, Rand’s characters refuse to limit themselves and accept the lowest common denominator. I can’t imagine Howard Roark telling anyone he isn’t a God! John Galt was known as the man who found the Island of Atlantis and the fountain of youth. He was a legend in his own right. They are true heroes in that they have achieved greatness!

I aspire to that level of greatness! I aspire to be more than a mere human, and I hope to instill that idea of perfection, and pride in one’s abilities to my students. Obviously, I have some self-esteem issues, but I’ve been working through them–mostly on here–but that doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to greatness. The whole reason I began this blog was to enhance my writing and to vent a bit about my work woes so that I could be better at my job.

Admittedly, I don’t think that my writing skills have gotten better, not grammatically speaking anyway, but I have developed my own voice. I feel like I have a distinct personality in my writing that may or may not have existed before.

And I write almost every day now, which is a vast improvement to before. Perhaps I may aspire to a Rand-ian level of greatness yet! Continue reading Day 12: Favorite Quote

Why some women have rape fantasies, or How Ayn Rand perverted my sense of Romance

Some Alpha females seek to maintain their Alpha status at all costs, while some would prefer to relinquish their titles when they come home and take on a more subservient role in their romantic relationships. I tried to establish in my earlier post about Intellectual Alpha Males that I was of the latter group, but I’m not sure many noticed, or understood.

You see it sometimes in television and movies, especially when they are portraying more counterculture relationships. My first thought would be of an old episode of CSI (the original) where a man’s wife has completely emasculated him by forcing him to take on the Beta role, so he goes to an S&M club (run by Lady Heather) to take on an Alpha role (It’s an old episode, one that still had the actor William Peterson, the one who played/plays Grissom).

the power struggle

Well the same works in reverse. Sometimes people who like to make decisions all day, people who are forced into a more dominant, Alpha role, prefer to just let go and not make a decision for a while. It’s partly what the whole S&M world is based on, I would imagine.

Now don’t go jumping to conclusions; I don’t have a dungeon tucked away in my tiny little apartment, nor do I frequent that scene, but the concept of choosing a partner who could take a more dominant role does greatly intrigue me. And if you’re easily offended, you should leave this post right now; this one isn’t for the faint of heart.

Or the innocent.

the power struggle

Continue reading Why some women have rape fantasies, or How Ayn Rand perverted my sense of Romance