Technically, living on a roller-coaster ride of extreme emotions is an almost textbook description of Bipolar Disorder. By the same standards, a mind bisected by polar opposite philosophical perspectives can only be described as Schizophrenic. Of all the words I might use to describe the world I grew up in, I can’t help but think that Bipolar and Schizophrenic are the most fitting. Looking back on it now, it’s clear to me that my lifelong struggle with mental illness is a direct result of growing up in that environment.
Anyway, I’ve been feeling a little hopeless and uninspired lately, as I struggle through one of the downturns of my own emotional roller-coaster. But the following video, posted a couple of days ago by my good friend Alex Autin, is not only a reminder of what I think of as “the highest of the high points” of my life, but a reminder of the source my malaise as well.
I don’t know about you, but to me there’s no such thing as too much Carl Sagan. And considering his close association with the space program, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that he’d personally attended the launch on that glorious day in 1969. I know for a fact that another of my great inspirations, Ayn Rand, was there, because here’s the conclusion of what she wrote about it later that same year:
And therein lies the “schizophrenic rub” my friends. While many think of Sagan and Rand as philosophical “polar opposites” – with Carl Sagan being “the strident environmentalist out to stop the raping and pillaging of the Earth on an ‘industrial’ scale” and Ayn Rand being “the strident defender of the very ‘robber baron industrialist’ mentality doing all the raping and pillaging” – I, on the other hand, see an imagined “conflict of interests” where none, in fact, actually exists.
This is stated, quite well I think, in this excerpt from the The Atlas Society:
It’s hard enough to understand how anyone could fail to recognize that Carl Sagan was precisely the kind of rational mind Ayn Rand was referring to. But what really blows my mind is the fact that the villains depicted in Rand’s Atlas Shrugged were the very same robber baron types – like those fake “capitalists” depicted on your daily news – people keep accusing her of defending!
Those of you with the courage to look “behind the curtain” are invited to read Frederick Cookinham’s eye opening The Unexpected Ayn Rand article over at The Atlasphere. And don’t forget that my In Her Own Words volume is dedicated to Ayn Rand as well.
I want ice water.
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