So, here it is. The logo of my publishing company. Of course, my company has only one author. For those who know who John Galt is you may think the ideas here are a mixed signal. And... you may be right. But I have found that all three of these "ideas" if you will have had a profound impact in my life. The idea of America, of our country, has always been a positive in my life. Sure there were times when I was young when I heard so much about the evils of what the United States has done over the years. Certainly we are a flawed country. But what I see is a people determined to be the best. To do good not only here at home but around the globe. Recently I have been reading biographies of our founders. I started with George Washington (book by Joseph Ellis), the Thomas Jefferson (also by Ellis), and now I'm reading one about James Madison. They were not perfect, but they were educated, dedicated, hard-working, well-intentioned, and determined to do what others had only imagined. Washington, quite frankly, was a loser. And yet he learned more from losing that lead to becoming an icon for our country. There men were not "useful idiots" nor did they look to find those who would be in that category. They believed in the idea that man (yes, I mean women too) could govern himself. A radical idea still today. I often wonder if it is possible to keep it up. But one idea that was true then and is still true today is the fundamental idea of freedom I truly feel Americans are born with. And that is what will put us back on track when the time comes.
Ayn Rand. I picked her more for her amazing fiction writing. No matter what in her political beliefs I believe in or don't believe in, because, I have yet to meet or learn about anyone with whom I agree 100%of the time, her ability to create a world and wonderful characters is a rare achievement. The characters (although in some ways "look" the same) are memorable. The storyline is intriguing. And the politics is in your face. She writes without fear; that's what makes it so good. I have never read any of her essays on objectivism - I have no idea what her non-fiction looks like - what I do know is I have read few writers who have the ability to draw me into a story like she did. Atlas Shrugged remains my favorite novel.
The last section of the trilogy is God. Each of these work hand in hand. This completes for me the circle of life (Sorry Ms. Rand). Each of them are given to me from my Creator. Literally I can write this blog because of the freedoms I have in my country. My love to read and write fiction are encompassed in the fictional life of John Galt. Finally, it is God, in a country where I am free to worship as I see fit, that makes it possible for of these to come together for good. Which is what I hope to inspire through the way I live my life today. And through my writing.
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