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The Sacred and the Profane

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(James Taggart speaking with Cherryl Brooks)

"He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”

“Who?”

“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”

She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”

Atlas Shrugged, Part One, Chapter Nine

 

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Entry #863

Comments

1.
TenajComment by Tenaj - July 23, 2012, 10:27 am
I submitted this to the local newspaper in the editorial. I hope they print. They've printed stuff of mine before.

There was once a man who was productive and often accomplished tasks on his own without the help of others. He had an idea of a creation on a larger level that could make him millions. How ingenious of him to think of such a thing! To build an empire, he mused. He had the idea, he created it, and he had the money to finance it.   But the man was deeply saddened because with the fine attributes of productivity, financially able, and creative, he couldn't go forth with his endeavor. He was the only person on the island.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - July 23, 2012, 12:05 pm
They just told me they are going to print it, but it is cut for space.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - July 23, 2012, 7:23 pm
What kind of paper needs to cut down a single paragraph ... for space?

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