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1. Has anyone ever read Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged'? 2. Does anyone read J. Krishnamurti?


    • When I first read Atlas Shrugged, it was the most important book I had ever read. I felt as though the narrator was speaking to me or, perhaps, I was the narrator. Subsequently, I read a number of Rand’s works, including Romantic Manifesto, which clarified her intent with Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead from an artistic perspective. Her works had a profound influence on the direction of my life, but to say that I am an Ayn Randian would be too narrow.
      I had always felt rebellious against the organized religion which my parents made a pillar of my upbringing. I had been very libertarian politically even before I encountered Rand, but not because I studied anything; it just felt right. Once you’ve been able to throw off the yoke of something as important as the religious teachings of your childhood, it’s easier to see the many other ways in which institutions (governments and corporations alike) keep you in psychological bondage. As a result of this progression, I have become more receptive to spirituality and the pursuit of truth as an individual (inward-looking). Which brings us to JK.
      I recently bought a copy of Think on These Things. Immediately, I can tell that there is a powerful message in the contents of this man’s thoughts, which somehow manage to support Randian Objectivism while providing the antithesis to the common perception of the Randian hero. (Side note, I ended up at this site, I am guessing too late for there to be a conversation since this thread is several years old, because the Rand connection struck me; I heard of Krishnamurti for the first time about two weeks ago at a Ron Paul community website that is probably equally frequented by Rand types and Krishnamurti types).
      I will reserve judgment until I finish reading and processing JK’s words. My initial reaction is that the two thinkers have more in common than one might think. The Rand haters of the world have developed a straw man caricature of her heroes in the form of ruthlessly self-interested industrialists who seek to take more, so long as the cost of acquisition (to them) is less than the value of what they acquire. Krishnamurti pretty clearly rejects the culture of acquisition, but his sense of life is highly inward-looking and individualistic. In many ways, he would be the spiritual Ayn Randian hero if her philosophy permitted such a thing.
      It’s amazing to juxtapose the two thinkers, since they have a great deal in common; yet when I read Krishnamurti’s thoughts regarding the rejection of that which is not real, in particular the drive to acquire more, I can’t help but think of the mindless, formless, squishy anti-heroes of Rand’s sense of life. In fact, he reminds me of Rand’s rhetorical description of the eastern peasant who breaks his back all day for a bowl of rice, which she posits as an example of someone who has “freed himself” from the burden of want.
      I would love to flesh out this discussion with someone else who is reading or has read both philosophers.

  1. Yes to the first.
    I knew him, for the second.
    Our first encounter was in 1962. I was looking at the deeply fissured bark of a Tabobia tree, which had an interesting light and shade effect in the setting sun’s rays. Suddenly, someone slapped me on the back so hard.that I almost fell on the tree trunk.
    I turned around to find this handsome, kind, grey haired man, who said firmly,’ Young man! Let nothing come between you and the tree. Not even your thoughts.’
    It was JK.

  2. I have read all of ayn rands books including atlas shrugged (it is my favorite ayn rand book).
    I have not read any J krishnamurti


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