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Attraction

Posted by Neeraj Kumar on February 7, 2007

Following is an extract from Atlas Shrugged– the book I am reading right now, by Ayn Rand (yes, the Fountainhead Ayn Rand!). I won’t trivialise it by trying to explain it. Just read.

“A man’s sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions…who a man finds sexually attractive  can tell his entire philosophy. Who a man sleeps with can tell his valuation of himself. No matter what corruption he’s taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act he cannot perform for any motive but his own enjoyment…It is an act that forces him to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and to accept his real ego as standard of value. He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience- or to fake- a sense of self-esteem. The man who is profoundly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer- because only the possession of heroine will give him the sense of achievement, not the possession of brainless slut. He does not seek to gain his value, he seeks to express it. There is no conflict between the standards of his mind and the desires of his body. But, the man who is convinced of his own worthlessness will be drawn to a woman he despises- because she will reflect his own self, she will release him from that objective reality in which he is a fraud, she will give him a momentary illusion of his own value and a momentary escape from the moral code that damns him.”

And thats that! There are more extracts from this and other books to come.

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4 Responses to “Attraction”

  1. Shivan said

    Hmmm.. How could I stay away from this!! You bring me back to this book everytime.. 🙂

  2. Sushil said

    Comprehending Ayn Rand is a difficult task. Even for above 18s 🙂 .”will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, because only the possession of heroine will give him the sense of achievement” – Not sure, what the author means by the highest type or the strongest. Does it refer to the one who is difficult to achieve? If yes, then I’d say the thoughts are true for all the desires, you always look for something which is difficult to achieve. But how long does the satisfaction from these achievements last?

  3. ^^
    Being recognised by a woman who holds similar values, and prides herself in ultimate achievement, not holding herself and others hostage to her false sense of ego (the deliberate hard-to-get-kinds) is an achivement and endorsement of your own values. It is not easy to understand because psychological/behavioural stuff is not always intuitive unless you can relate it to some part of your own persona. The slice of personality I am talking about gets lost these days due to the images that get flashed in front of our eyes from very early age. Most people lose themselves to this before they get time to find themselves. Thus, you don’t see many people who are able to relate to Ayn Rand’s philosophy which traverses across extreme human behaviour and is thus deemed impractical.

    How long does the satisfaction last? Satisfaction does not come out of having conquered something (that is short-lived especially for those who take pride in their own ability and are thus always looking for their next undertaking rather than bask in the glory of one-off success for the sake of vanity). True satisfaction comes from the cognizance of having the ability to set the highest standard. This lasts life time.

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