Monday, May 21, 2012

Lexicon: the Second-Hander 3/5

In Galt’s speech, below, Miss Rand discusses the second-hand nature of the psychology of mystics:
A mystic is a man who surrendered his mind at its first encounter with the minds of others. Somewhere in the distant reaches of his childhood, when his own understanding of reality clashed with the assertions of others, with their arbitrary orders and contradictory demands, he gave in to so craven a fear of independence that he renounced his rational faculty.