Why bother?

Shortly after Red Letter Days crashed back in 2005 – and I was being trasAtlas Shruggedhed by the UK media – I received an email from a well wisher, suggesting that I read a book called ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand. 

It’s a business classic, published in 1957, in which entrepreneurs slowly become disillusioned with the world. 

Ground down by their critics and villified by the media, a mysterious character called John Galt appears – and one by one they silently disappear – to create a new society of mutual respect and harmony.

“Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.”

The end result is a complete breakdown of the economy – and ultimate chaos.

In a world that is increasingly living on the edge, as a country we need to keep the people who are going to help trade us out of this mess engaged and motivated.

Not try to destroy them.


One thought on “Why bother?

  1. Ok, heres a thing. I’m manic depressive but can i get to see anyone above amoeba level in the mental health service. I just need good meds.

    Now here is the relevance of my story to Rachels story.

    I worked for 28 years pretty much continuously before falling ill 3 years ago. I was a wealth creator.

    Now 50% of workers in the UK spend the money that the other 50% of workers generate. Of the 50% of workers who do generate about 45% are just maintainers of wealth leaving only 5% creating the wealth in the UK.

    I was one of those 5%. Now i have to rely on public health workers who have never created a bean of wealth in their lives to give me the meds to get me back to work.

    So you can see the very worst when the people who should be leaders, pioneers and growth builders are on their knees and rely on those who are so far removed from the problem of the country being 4.8 trillion in debt, you wouldn’t believe it.

    Oh, by the way… i could solve my problem the NHS told me by going private. LOL So basically, the pscychology is “wealth creators” – why don’t you F*off and die.

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