From "Atlas Shrugged" series 2013, water color on paper, 56 x 42 cm.
from "Atlas Shrugged" series 2013, water color on paper, 56 x 42 cm.
Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think – not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment – on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict ‘It is.’ Non-thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality. But existence exists; reality is not to be wiped out, it will merely wipe out the wiper. By refusing to say ‘It is,’ you are refusing to say ‘I am.’ By suspending your judgment, you are negating your person. When a man declares: ‘Who am I to know?’ – he is declaring: ‘Who am I to live?’
This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non- existence, A or non-A, entity or zero."
Excerpt from the book, "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957
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Shahram Entekhabi is an German-Iranian- artist, curator & architect, currently living & working across Tehran, Iran - Berlin, Germany and Europe.