This I had to share, because it is the sort of cultural critique and analysis that I think is timely. Regardless of where one stands on Ayn Rand and her two masterpieces (and I freely confess, I've long been a Rand fan, though certainly wouldn't endorse everything in her philosoohy), The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. What is being snuffed out in our stinking sinking garbage barge, our strip mall of a culture (and my thanks to my friend Rick Dubov's friend Ron Spencer for those apt descriptions), is artistic vision and creativity, whether that of the scientist, the engineer, the painter, the poet, the composer, is individuality. Rappaport, I think, speaks to something profoundly wrong in our society:
I was moved to share this, because when the President made his remarks, I thought, "wait a minute..." Yes, I had my mentors, my influential teachers - Dennis Joel Hochhalter, my master in pipe organ, Dr. Theodore Martin Williams in theology, Bishop Kallistos Ware of Oxford, Fr. John Meyendorff of St Vladimir's Seminary, Dr Andrew Bowling in biblical studies - and many masters whose works I read or who inspired me, many friends who forged views and debated views with me through many conversations, like my friend Dr. Scott de Hart, or Daniel Jones, or ... well, you get the idea. And I am grateful to all of them and indebted beyond words. But none of them are responsible for my views, my research, or my books. I may be wrong in many of those things and probably am, that is the great thing about creating and researching, because inevitably onewill be proved wrong in this or that point or even a whole cluster of details. That's what it is about: creating, individuality, the absolutely irreducible uniqueness of every person.
This is what Rand saw so clearly; Rappaport is right.
See you on the flip side.