Ayn Rand Journal Excerpt, Part II

August 6, 2012

“The error is this: it is proper for a creator to be optimistic, in the deepest, most basic sense, since the creator believes in a benevolent universe and functions on that premise. But it is an error to extend that optimism to other SPECIFIC men. First, it’s not necessary, the creator’s life and the natur of the universe do not require it, his life does not depend on others. Second, man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it’s up to him and only to him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be. The decision will affect only him; it is not (and cannot and should not be) the primary concern of any other human being.

Therefore, while a creator does and must worship MAN (which means his own highest potentiality; which is his natural self-reverence), he must not make the mistake of thinking that this means the necessity to worship MANKIND (as a collective). These are two entirely difference conceptions, with entirely – (immensely and diametrically opposed) – different consequences.

Man, at his highest potentiality, is realized and fulfilled within each creator himself…Whether the creator is alone, or finds a handful of others like him, or is among the majority of mankind, is of no importantce or consequence whatsoever; numbers have nothing to do with it. He alone or he and a few others like him ARE mankind, i the proper sense of being the proof of what man actually is, man at his best, the essential man, man at his highest potentiality. (the RATIONAL being, who acts according to his nature).”

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