Ayn Rand Journal Excerpt, Part IV

August 6, 2012

” Therefore, he must never feel confident that he can do anything whatsoever to, by or through others. (He can’t – and he shouldn’t even wish to try it – and the mere attempt is improper). He must not think that he can. somehow transfer his energy and his intelligence to them and make them fit for his purposes in that way. He must face other men as they are, recognizing them as essentially independent entities, by nature, and beyond his PRIMARY influence; [he must] deal with them only on his own, independent terms, deal with such as he judges can fit his purpose or live up to his standards (by themselves and of their own will, independently of him) and expect nothing from the others..

Now, in Dagny’s case, her desperate desire is to run Taggart Transcontinental. She sees that there are no men suited to her purpose around her, no men of ability, independence and competence. She thinks she can run it with others, with the incompetent and the parasites, either by training them or merely by treating them as robots who will take her orders and function without personal initiative or responsibility; WITH HERSELF, IN EFFECT, BEING THE SPARK OF INITIATIVE, THE BEARER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WHOLE COLLECTIVE. This can’t be done. This is her crucial error.

This is where she fails.”

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