Monday, March 25, 2013

Atlas Shrugged, the inspiration to become self sustaining.

Atlas Shrugged

I saw this movie and had to read the book, it is a long read but well worth it. Even though this book was published in 1957, it easily depicts society of today and if no changes our near future. For anyone who doesn't think becoming self sustainable or being part of a sustainable community this book / movie is an eye opener.  In the years past I worked at a nice union job. Not to bash unions, but lots of times I could see co-workers only doing as much work as they had to while others who took pride in a job well done did all the work. I was the one who enjoyed accomplishments of my efforts. While others would take advantage of my efforts and do as little as possible receiving  same benefits and sometimes more. I could have slowed down and only did as much as anyone else. This is not me I have pride in what I do.
The book Atlas Shrugged, is a good read and much more informative then the movie. As of right now the movie is in three parts. 

Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. Rand's fourth and last novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing.[4] Atlas Shrugged includes elements of romance,[1][2][3] mystery, and science fiction,[5] and it contains Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction.
The book explores a dystopian United States where many of society's most productive citizens refuse to be exploited by increasing taxation and government regulations and disappear, shutting down their vital industries. The disappearances evoke the imagery of what would happen if the mythological Atlas refused to continue to hold up the world. They are led by John Galt. Galt describes the disappearances as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the minds that drive society's growth and productivity. In their efforts, these people "of the mind" hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create and profit is doomed, that civilization cannot exist where every person is a slave to society and government, and that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry.

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