Imagination is Man’s Last Resort

The title of this article maybe slightly off-putting for those who are not familiar with the philosophical literature of Ayn Rand, but if I may attempt to boil down her work into one sentence, it would be, “The human mind is man’s last refuge.” Her novel “Atlas Shrugged” is perhaps her most famous novel. All of her books are set in the same world, called the Iron Age, when people were willing to sacrifice their lives for the collective good, even if it meant killing their own children. Her most famous character, the hero John Galt, embodies the ideal that all men should be able to enjoy life to the fullest without having to fear that they will one day have to die to accomplish it.

Imagine a World Without Fear

In her novel “Atlas Shrugged” John Galt creates a character called John Locke, who travels across the country in an attempt to get the workers of the metal works union to agree to build a huge skyscraper in the middle of the desert. The only problem being that all the people are afraid of the building being built and of the rich man that is going to fund the project. He approaches them from the standpoint of an outsider, someone who is saying, “You need a little help here. This place is under construction. Come on down!”

So, just as the Ayn Rand’s novels would have us believe, we should put ourselves into other people’s shoes and stop relying on the world to give us what we want. Imagine a world where no one has to fear the price of living, and you can take your pick of the fruits of your labor whenever you choose. It is your choice, but why shouldn’t you have the opportunity to live that way every day of your life? Imagine a world where you are free to use your imagination and to dream, and stop waiting for the government to tell you what you can and cannot do.