When Atlas Did Not Shrug
The victory of the Indian team in the Cricket World Cup has provided the confluence point for the Objective and the Collective. I am reminded of John Galt’s words in the famous radio broadcast in Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”:
“If you search your code for guidance, for an answer to the question: ‘What is the good?’-the only answer you will find is ‘The good of others.’ The good is whatever others wish, whatever you feel they feel they wish, or whatever you feel they ought to feel. ‘The good of others’ is a magic formula that transforms anything into gold, a formula to be recited as a guarantee of moral glory and as a fumigator for any action, even the slaughter of a continent. Your standard of virtue is not an object, not an act, not a principle, but an intention. You need no proof, no reasons, no success, you need not achieve in fact the good of others-all you need to know is that your motive was the good of others, not your own. Your only definition of the good is a negation: the good is the ‘non-good for me.’
“If you surrender your power to perceive, if you accept the switch of your standard from the objective to the collective and wait for mankind to tell you what to think, you will find another switch taking place before the eyes you have renounced: you will find that your teachers become the rulers of the collective, and if you then refuse to obey them, protesting that they are not the whole of mankind, they will answer: ‘By what means do you know that we are not? Are, brother? Where did you get that old-fashioned term?’
We now have a tangible example of the bridging of the dichotomy of living for ‘oneself’ and living for the ‘common good’.
As Winston Churchill once said: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.
Cartoon inspired by Virat Kohli’s heart-felt statement: “He’s carried the burden of our nation for 21 years. It was time to carry him on our shoulders today.” Watch God carry the burden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qLn-OWHGZ8&feature=player_embedded