"It is not in the nature of man--nor of any living entity--to start out by giving up, by spitting in one's own face and damning existence; that requires a process of corruption whose rapidity differs from man to man. Some give up at the first touch of pressure; some sell out; some run down by imperceptible degrees and lose their fire, never knowing when or how they lost it ... Yet a few hold on and move on, knowing that that fire is not to be betrayed, learning how to give it shape, purpose and reality. But whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential ... It is a sense of enormous expectation, the sense that one's life is important, that great achievements are within one's capacity, and that great things lie ahead." [Ayn Rand, Intro to Fountainhead, 1968]
The following are tributes to the genius, courage, and beauty of Rand's life.
Life Moves On
Ayn Rand wrote, "Words are a lens to focus one's mind."
Life Moves On is "a series of frames of artistic philosophy: a set of
principles in focus, portraits of fine human be-ing -- movements of life in love
with logic and light. The words are simple and bold, but in their simplicity and
boldness, when read slowly and carefully -- the truth is sharp and clear: easier
to think about -- putting the mind in focus and the heart in harmony..."
Concerto of Deliverance
Inspired by words from Ayn Rand
"A musical adventure of discovery, remembrance, and arrival."
"I love the richness and variety of the composition...references many musical
traditions...a lovely layered work...playful...deeply moving, uplifting...
richly evocative and flowing outwards." [Tom Radcliffe]
"With superb clarity, intensity, sincerity, confidence, and grace...the music can challenge, comfort, and cheer one's relentless movement towards the realization of life's beauty and happiness." [Monart Pon]
"Monart first heard John Mills-Cockell’s "Tillicum" & "December Angel" and first
read Rand’s Atlas Shrugged 30 years ago, and, since then, wanted to hear a
"Concerto of Deliverance" as created by his favorite composer. This album
represents, for him, that desire achieved." [From album liner notes]
"In the boundless universe of stars, in a small region called the Milky Way Galaxy, is one star called the Sun. Spinning around this Sun, on a planet called Earth, is an organism called Man. This man is tapping the energy of the Sun and transforming the material of Earth to build his starship, his starship to seek, hold, and give, the beauty that brings him his happiness.
"The starship that man creates is an expression of his mastery over his
own destiny, a mastery that breaks the circle of nature with a straight line, a line
that reaches from this earth to touch the farthest stars."