Monday, June 17, 2013

The Fountainhead Characters


I have always been a great fan of Ayn Rand. Her books – “Atlas Shrugged” and “Fountainhead” have been my favorites.

I have noticed that knowingly or unknowingly, I always end up comparing most people I come across in life to the characters of Fountainhead. And it’s amazing how I find so many people similar to Peter Keating. The kind of people who take credit for other’s hard work and who are more worried about seeking approval of others instead of developing their own mind  who will do anything to please others in order to gain wealth and prestige.

Occasionally, I come across the Ellsworth Toohey types. The type who lust for power and despise the achievements of others, dedicating their life in  degrading other people’s talents and ambitions.

There are hardly any Howard Roarks left. The kind who have strong character and who never deviate from their principles or compromise on what they feel is right.

I once thought I had glimpsed a Howard Roark but I guess I was wrong. I have still to meet a Howard Roark.