Christianity has long appreciated its followers' need for tales of model people and behavior. Its fundamental message is conveyed as the story of an actual man's life. The lives of its saints and martyrs have been set down in writing. And around its greatest saint, Francis of Assisi, there has grown up a collection of tales known as the Fioretti, or Little Flowers of St. Francis.
Objectivists—though they ought not raise individuals to godhood or sainthood or mythic status—would be well advised to imitate Christianity and "collect" the lives and deeds that exemplify their philosophy's values and virtues. Fortunately, that has recently become easy to do.
Investor's Business Daily is a California-based, Monday-through-Friday financial newspaper that competes directly with the Wall Street Journal. However, several features make IBD attractive even to the non-investor. First, unlike the WSJ, its news columns do not take a far-Left perspective. Secondly, its editorial columns are even more libertarian than the Journal's. Thirdly, the paper devotes considerable space to the high-tech end of the economy. But lastly, and what is of significance here, every IBD has a full page called "Leaders & Success."
Each of these L&S pages has two biographical features, one major and one minor, both offering inspiration. In addition, each L&S page has a box listing "IBD's 10 Secrets To Success." These ten principles do...
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In Atlas Shrugged , when Dagny Taggart leaves her position at the railroad and "retires" to her cabin in the Berkshires, she thinks about the motor she discovered in an abandoned factory and wonders why such a stunning technological breakthrough was left to rust:
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How many times during the course of a week do we say "I have to..."?
I have to take out the trash...change the oil in my car...pay my Visa bill...I have to give a presentation at the sales meeting...take the final exam in physics...entertain my in-laws this weekend.... My wife and I really have to talk about our daughter's problem in school, about how much we're spending on food, about the fight we had yesterday....I have to lose some weight...get more sleep...take more initiative in my job.
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Five years after the fall of communism, the people of Eastern Europe enjoy more freedom than they have known for decades. In most countries, despite the enormous economic problems in moving to a capitalist economy, their material standards of living have increased as well. But reports from those countries make it clear that they face significant problems arising from the values and psychological habits instilled by life under totalitarianism.
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