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Ayn Rand was a novelist and philosopher who influenced many peoples way of thinking in very profound ways She was born in Russia in 1905 and came to America at the age of twenty-one where she published her first novel We The Living in 1936 The Fountainhead was published in 1943 and brought Ayn Rand international fame Although she considered herself primarily a fiction writer she realized that in order to create heroic fictional characters she had to identify the philosophic principles which make such individuals possible Later she also expressed her philosophy in nonfiction form Ayn Rand named her philosophy Objectivism and described it as a philosophy for living on earth Objectivism is an integrated system of thought that defines the abstract principles by which a man must think and act if he is to live the life proper to man Ayn Rand was once asked if she could present the essence of Objectivism while standing on one foot Her answer was Metaphysics Objective Reality Epistemology Reason Ethics Self-interest Politics CapitalismShe then translated those terms into familiar language Nature to be commanded must be obeyed You cant eat your cake and have it too Man is an end in himself Give me liberty or give me death According to Ayn Rand reality the external
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