God and Roark – Ayn Rand – The Control of Nature vs The Control of Man
Ayn Rand, the control of nature vs the control of man
There are two primary philosophical views of nature held by Theists and Atheists alike, and interestingly the views do not cleanly line up on whether one believes in God or not. These two primary views are: Mechanistic (the view that our earth and nature have design and purpose) vs Organismic (the view that the earth is a living organism – albeit an evolving one). These two views just happen to be core beliefs that generally separate humanity along political and philosophical lines.
I first became clearly aware of these two opposing views while reading Microcosmos by one of my favorite science authors Lynn Margulis (she is a champion for “organismic” philosophy). only to reach the conclusion that my own un-researched belief’s of this planets purpose and nature – seemed to be at odds with her. I further researched these views with an open mind (I was a proud agnostic at the time) from both theological and scientific materials which lead me to the realization that I had discovered nothing new. I had simply stumbled upon one of the Crux’s that divides humanity into opposing philosophical, religious and political affiliations. My new found view of a “mechanistic” planet and nature had actually been instilled in me at a very early age through the hard work of Nuns and Priests who taught me a Orthodox Judeo-Christian world view during my parochial school days.
To my friends who respect Ayn Rand’s works as I do, and wonder how Christians like myself or Mormons like Glenn Beck for that matter can be philosophically in line with her without being “atheists” or at the minimum “agnostics’, the topic of mechanistic vs organismic is key. Though Rand agreed with the mechanistic view of nature she perplexedly discounted and minimized any designer? Ironically not giving the creator of the universe the respect her lead character of the Fountainhead demands for himself in the final courtroom speech we have posted below! If only she would have applied her own lengthy opus in Howard Roark’s final court room speech to this topic, she would have realized Roark was simply echoing our own history and “Gods” own words from the bible. From the destruction of his “creation” because of it not being used as he intended, to his commandments for us to control nature – and libertarian principles of not to control each other as progressives are so intent on mastering. Both God & Roark talk of a physical and spiritual battle between the creators and the parasites. This control of Nature vs the control of humans is a parallel topic that sits side by side with the mechanistic vs organismic philosophical and political world views
This Speech by Rourk of his view of a “Rational Moral Law’ in the courtroom or more properly (Ayn Rand’s views – The quintessential INTx – architect/mastermind) appropriately parallels much of what “God” actually speaks to us about in the pages of the ancient scriptures. Scriptures Jews refer to as the Torah “Law” and Christians as the Old Testament books of the Law. We have posted a complimentary research paper here focusing on a “Biblical” parallel of Rourk’s speech showing the nearly perfect mirroring of the ancient scriptures. (Rand, a highly introspective rational had a god given nature so in tune with the creator of the universe, so inward that she was blind to his external creation. And yet she wrote extensive dialog and non fiction that consistantly mirrored God’s self evident handiwork.
Though I had read the fountainhead at the age 13, and made the decision to study architecture – I did not cognitively remember this speech from the book which Cooper so wonderfully performs on one take. That is why a few weeks back as I was sitting on our property overlooking a 5 acre hillside of distressed avocado trees (Due to exorbitant fees from a progressively controlled resource) and designing systems in my mind for the control of nature to best make use of this tiny chunk of earth. I realized that though I am a non-judgmental person I am paradoxically a “control” freak – not of people but of nature. controlling the resources God has wonderfully provided for us, water, sun, soil and souls**. In order to be as productive as possible with this gift. I also thought of my good friends on the progressive side of the aisle many whom are not “judgmental” themselves to realize that they all shared an underlying need to control people**. It was a eureka moment which lasted only till I accidentally came upon this speech by Howard Roark showing Ayn Rand had discovered this long ago. Ecclesiastes 1:9 “there is nothing new under the sun” rings so true. Libertarians on the right do wish to control nature and bring liberty to the “Individual”(persons/souls). Libertarians on the left wish to give Liberty to “mother earth” which can only be done by controlling humanity (herds/people) Which choice is truly moral and provides liberty? Which choice is commanded in the bible? Which philosophy do you choose………
* According to websters/Thesaurus.com “people” is a term equivalent to cows and horses – like a herd of humans;
** The control of souls is paradoxically only possible through what we humans call “Free Will”. As it pertains to human personality, Libertarian managers who run Human Resources for large companies are aware that a worker who is “misplaced” is generally an unhappy employee. And it is sometimes best for the “individual” if the company can find a more appropriate position which takes the employees God Given talents to the best use, sometimes because of limited recources within a company the best and right thing to do is to let a good employee go. It is this freedom by both company and employee that gives us a glimpse of “Free Will” from both vantage points of Creator and Creation. Adversely, the opposite of this is being practiced today by our Government and our Unions in America today – The collective “Creation” is imposing their “wants” upon the individual creators – Destroying the very fabric of what made the U.S. a successful and prosperous Country. A fabric woven with free will.
Milton Thomas X