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Why Atlas Shrugged

In Mindset on May 9, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , , ,

Who is John Galt?

 This is the question driving the conflict in the book and now movie, “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.  I took the opportunity to watch the movie this week and, having read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The movie takes place in a future US where business leaders and owners are disappearing inexplicably.  The US is surrounded by countries where the only purpose of the governments is to nationalize resources.  This is a place where rumor is king and where the leadership has abandoned responsibility for their actions and instead lobby against one another to seize and control others property and lives.

The hero is an entrepreneur who had discovered a new type of steel that is cheaper and stronger and longer lasting than regular steel.  The heroine is the second in command of a formerly great corporation where the first in command is a member of the lobbying elite, while his family’s company crumbles beneath him. 

The struggles of the hero and heroine come from both sides because while the leaders of government destroy free enterprise, an internal shift occurs among the talented leaders in the corporate world.  Externally, they’re disappearing without a trace.

In the movie, a mysterious person visits these people prior to their departure and informs them of another option than continuing to struggle on behalf of those who provide no value and bleed the system as much as they can.  After the mysterious man visits them, they leave their companies and jobs.

This movie is the first of at least two installments.  The book is lengthy and the second part includes a manifesto style speech by John Galt himself.  If you don’t want to wait for the second movie, I recommend reading the book.

For me the most important message is that potential value is worthless until it is developed and delivered.  So create and share the value you have potential for now. 

A mountain has a huge amount of potential energy.  But because it is inert, it makes no use of that potential and slowly, the elements wear away at the rock until it is flat ground, and there is no more potential.

So it’s time to get moving. Be who you are, and do what you must to transform your potential into action, service, and value.

Dave Orton, Thought Provoker @ fHp

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Dave Orton values thought and action, he’s a Father who is committed to sharing with his family, friends and others the principles and insights that will bring fiscally responsible change to people and government in the US and around the world.  Dave earns his bread as a technology manager and loves reading, learning, public speaking, and writing.          ~If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?

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