Who Is John Galt?
The American society is collapsing. The people are more divided than ever before. Inflation is unfathomable. Our food and water and supply chains are poisoned. A general gloominess pervades the culture, giving rise to the rhetorical question, "Who is John Galt?" The question expresses the widespread belief that no one can answer the difficult questions facing the American society.
In the 1957 Novel of Atlas Shrugged "John Galt" is a man of intellectual gifts — a physicist who brings about a revolution, a philosopher who defines a rational view of existence, and a statesman that transfigures the social systems of the world.
Galt describes himself as "the man who loves his life," which is accurate. But above all, he is characterized by his “perceptive eyes" — the eyes that honor facts and see reality for what it is. He recognizes that man can only achieve success and happiness by encountering reality. He doesn't consider facing reality a duty, he celebrates reality, and joyously recognizes that embodying reality is core.
John Galt is a hero representing the best of modern civilization — its science, its medical research, its technological progress, and its application of intellect in service to human life. Nature endows man with an instrument — his mind. Great creative minds such as Galt's, think new thoughts and discover new knowledge. They neither conform to social belief nor obey a tyrant's command. They follow vision and pursue truth.
In making intellectual breakthroughs, people like John Galt lead mankind forward. This idea is Ayn Rand's theme for Atlas Shrugged: The mind must be free.
Galt's strike is a Declaration of Freedom.
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