Thursday, July 21, 2005

Truly Personal

"If any man stopped and asked himself whether he's every held a truly personal desire, he'd find the answer. He'd see that all his wishes, his efforts, his dreams, his ambitions are motivated by other men. He's not really struggling even for material wealth, but for the secondhanders' delusion -- prestige. A stamp of approval, not his own. He can find no joy in the struggle and no joy when he has succeeded. He can't say about a single thing: "This is what I wanted because I wanted it, not because it made my neighbors gape at me." Then he wonders why he is unhappy. Every form of happiness is private. "
- Howard Roark, Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)