I finished Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. While I’m not an ardent believer in Objectivism, her philosophy, in which the only absolute truth is man’s capacity for industrialism and the power of thought and conscious action, I will admit that it is an admirable one. As each literary, philosophical, and cultural movement is a reaction to the one before it seems that she has defied this pattern. Objectivism is a reaction to Postmodernism, rejecting many of the tenets that it is founded upon. Namely that “the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth” and that large, authoritarian institutions are a drain upon the human brain. Yet, she molded her philosophy long before Postmodernism was ever a “thing”, just as Modernism was just becoming trendy. Ayn Rand strikes me as a woman who existed long before her time, and I must say, her time has yet to come. We are not ready.