• Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Be weary of hearsay within the Peppervine. From whispers overheard in the Caf to rumors spread on Facebook, approach everything you hear with a dose of skepticism. Apply this to your own life. Frequently think about your ideologies, and “check your premises” (excuse the Ayn Rand quote).
• • •Rand’s philosophy provides insights
As I sat in my lecture class [...] last week, my professor was explaining a biblical passage from the book of Luke; he was afraid that it would sound too much like social Darwinism, so he quickly explained that it was nothing of the sort, and that it wasn’t “Ayn Rand, or ‘Atlas Shrugged’ stuff” [...]. As a reader, and moderate admirer of Rand, I couldn’t help but notice and mark the tone of contempt in my professor’s voice as he pronounced Rand’s name and magnum opus. While I am not in any way a Rand-roid (the nickname for Rand’s radical followers), I still bristle every time I hear someone try to put Rand down.