“Integrity is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake your consciousness, just as honesty is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake existence—that man is an indivisible entity, an integrated unit of two attributes: of matter and consciousness, and that he may permit no breach between body and mind, between action and thought, between his life and his convictions—that, like a judge impervious to public opinion, he may not sacrifice his convictions to the wishes of others, be it the whole of mankind shouting pleas or threats against him—that courage and confidence are practical necessities, that courage is the practical form of being true to existence, of being true to truth, and confidence is the practical form of being true to one’s own consciousness.” – Ayn Rand
This image is an incredible testament to the power of the human spirit. In one frame it captures the truth of our existence, and the key to our greatness. It is mans mind using reason, the foundation of the human spirit, not faith, that has raised him out of the mosquito filled swamps and into the heavens. It is man’s mind, not feeling, that has launched him out of insufferable child mortality and 30 year lifespans and into longevity and dominance on this planet. It is man’s mind, not fear, that has launched him out of poverty and into the prosperity of the Industrial Age. It is man’s mind, not revelation, that has launched him out of starvation and into a land of plenty. It is man’s mind, not whim, that has launched him out of the ugliness of the cave paintings and into the beauty of the Renaissance. It is man’s mind, not sentiment, that has launched man out of caves and huts and into skyscrapers. It is man’s mind, not instinct, that has launched him out of ignorance of the origins of such things as lightning and into the knowledge of all this world and its wonderful workings. All of these things cast their light upon the world, and it is for us, in the name of truth and justice, to unfurl a banner above the world that we have made that all may know what it proclaims: For the Glory of Man.
“I will ask you to project the look on a child’s face when he grasps the answer to some problem he has been striving to understand. It is a radiant look of joy, of liberation, almost of triumph, which is unself-conscious, yet self-assertive, and its radiance seems to spread in two directions: outward, as an illumination of the world—inward, as the first spark of what is to become the fire of an earned pride. If you have seen this look, or experienced it, you know that if there is such a concept as “sacred”—meaning: the best, the highest possible to man—this look is the sacred, the not-to-be-betrayed, the not-to-be-sacrificed for anything or anyone.” – Ayn Rand