[ExI] Meta Rand

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Fri Jun 19 15:58:15 UTC 2009

At 07:18 AM 6/19/2009 -0700, Dan wrote:

>On a simplistic account of egoism, Galt should just give in to avoid 
>the torture and even work with the government which promises him 
>power and wealth.  Instead, he is tortured -- and even fixes the 
>torture device when it breaks.  (This does seem to be a biblical allusion, no?)

I can imagine a deleted scene from the New Testament. Jesus the 
carpenter (and a damn good carpenter, too, naturally) has hauled the 
cross-piece (as it were) of his cross up the Via Dolorosa to the top 
of Golgotha and stands in a pool of his own blood watching several 
incompetent Roman slaves trying to nail the thing onto the upright 
post. The nails keep bending and falling out; they whack their thumbs 
and curse blasphemously. Finally, irritated beyond endurance, Christ 
says, "Oh, for heaven's sake! Here, give me the hammer--"

Damien Broderick

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