"I Am, Right Now, Involved In Something More Important"

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Okay girls, Cynthia learned the hard way so you don't have to slog through The Fountainhead why "absolutely completely obsessed with Ayn Rand" is not a modifier you want anywhere even in the general vicinity of a dude. (Would I go so far as to say the enemy of womanity is Ayn Rand? In another post one some day I can write a few thousand words!) The point is, Chris seemed very promising otherwise. Cynthia and he had known each other for several years, but when the time came that they both became single, he did the unthinkable and asked her on an honest-to-god date. For two months the courtship consisted of three or four weekly "lovely dates," with the only red flag the occasional email from his ex describing their sex life and claiming he'd dumped her to go out with Cynthia. Foreshadowing! Then one night they made plans to see a live taping of "A Prairie Home Companion" and get dinner, and he didn't show. Nor did he answer his phone. Turns out it wasn't an accident!

——— Forwarded message ———

From: Christoper Davis <—@gmail.com>

Date: Oct 21, 2006

Subject: Re: Congratulations!

To: Cynthia O'Brien <-@gmail.com>

I'm sorry I won't be at the theatre to meet you. There are too many hands

on my time. I am, right now, involved in something more important.

Even though the exact reason is temporary, its root cause is permanent; I

am, by choice of habit, incapable of any kind of novel social liaison for

the duration.

If by some miracle you do not find this insult of mine,

of standing you up on an important day, unforgivable, please respect

anyway that I do not wish to see you again, and leave me alone. I do not

imagine that you will find this difficult.

-Wm.

DISCUSSION

cherrispryte-old
CherriSpryte

Moe, if you do write the Ayn Rand piece, I think it would only be fair if someone (I'd volunteer but I'm assuming there are others who feel more passionately/write better than I do) was given a chance to respond in some sort of point/counter point type of piece.

Because while its a philosophy that, if taken literally, would crash and burn in the real world, there definitely are respectable and admirable aspects of it - the emphasis on being an individual, of women kicking ass in men's worlds (both fountainhead and atlas shrugged have really strong female protagonists), the importance of being self reliant, and demanding the best from yourself. (and that's just what i can come up with tipsy at 2 am)

Yes, there's the other side of her ideas that can turn a reader into an insufferable prick. This cannot be understated.

I think it depends on the reader, and what of her stuff they've read - I read Anthem first, which I think is a good introduction, as it focuses more on "you are your own person" rather than "you are better than everyone else". Also, as a Cold War history nerd of the highest degree, the anti-communism ideology fascinates me as well.