Original entry posted: Fri May 20 20:53:36 2005
Oh my god. That sentence made me want to die. Good job!
Sorry, I'm really trying not to comment every single time but you're just too witty and smart. It's all your damn fault.
Having read Jeff Walker's "The Ayn Rand Cult," I am convinced that, despite her atheism, Rand and the religious right are united in maintaining a deluded fundamentalism, which believes in the literal truth of a given text. To a Randian, "Atlas Shrugged" isn't simply a novel; it's a collection of mantras you wash your hair with so rinse and repeat, little objectivists.
Wash that government out of your hair! The Bible isn't just a book to a Christian; it's the word of God (despite the fact that Jesus is revealed in John 1 as the incarnate Logos - the Bible is the new golden calf, but that's another post and a half). This requires a literalism that requires every inconvenient metaphor to be interpreted away.
Rand and God mean what they say and say only what they mean. Indoctrinated in this way, it's little wonder that metaphor, allegory, irony - the very stuff of literature - completely escapes the Left Behind authors.
After all, many technical workers, who are comfortable in a digital, rulebound system, also turn out to be libertarians. Perhaps the same inflexibility that makes them more comfortable with machines than people prevents them from wrapping their minds around more ambigous texts.