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The Fountainhead: Howard Roark's Speech

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Last Edited: June 29, 2012, 9:34 am

The movie version of the speech is abridged from the book.

 

The unabridged text reads more like this ...

Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light. He was considered an evildoer who had dealt with a demon mankind dreaded. But thereafter men had fire to keep them warm, to cook their food, to light their caves. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had lifted darkness off the earth.

Centuries later, the first man invented the wheel. He was probably torn on the rack he had taught his brothers to build. He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden terrritory. But thereafter, men could travel past any horizon. He had left them a gift they had not conceived and he had opened the roads of the world.

That man, the unsubmissive and first, stands in the opening chapter of every legend mankind has recorded about its beginning. Prometheus was chained to a rock and torn by vultures—because he had stolen the fire of the gods. Adam was condemned to suffer—because he had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Whatever the legend, somewhere in the shadows of its memory mankind knew that its glory began with one and that that one paid for his courage.

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received—hatred.

The great creators—the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors—stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won. ...

(Tip of the hat to anyone typing this monster out and not making too many spelling errors. LOL)

http://nasonart.com/personal/lifelessons/fountainhead.html

http://olearyweb.com/classes/philosophyS2/assignments/politicalscience/RoarksDefense.pdf

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Comments

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Rick GComment by Rick G - June 29, 2012, 8:51 am
A powerful speech and very relevant to today's world. When the rights of the individual are denied, the mob rule of democracy imposes slavery on to the individual. We have to go back to our roots of individualism and voluntary participation in all things. That's what a Republic is all about and we pledge our allegiance to the REPUBLIC of the united States of America, not the DEMOCRACY.
Throw these collectivist bums out of your lives. Neither take nor give to them. Become the individual you are here to be or die trying.
Kudos for the transcription, time*treat, and thank you for the excellent post.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - June 29, 2012, 6:39 pm
Yes Time-Treat, excellent read.. This is what it's all about Individualism and Voluntary participation in something you as an individual may want. Not being a part of a forced democracy is something a person should strive for instead of following someone who is forcing to do otherwise.
Being your own hero, instead of listening to someone else saying they are your hero..

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