Ellen Stuttle Posted May 24, 2012 Author Share Posted May 24, 2012 Of course [Rand] had to have experienced it [envy] to know it just like everybody does.I question the implication of that statement as a generalization, irrespective of the particular emotion in regard to Rand.Does one have to have experienced an emotion to have an idea of what the emotion is? I think one can learn from literature and from observations of other people about emotions one doesn't feel -- e.g., something like the consuming destructive passion of Iago.Xray is always saying that she thinks Rand lacked "empathy." I'm not sure what Xray means by "empathy" -- a capacity to register what others are feeling? or to sympathize with others' feelings? or both? (I doubt she means neither.)Although that isn't the way I've described a lack I sensed in Rand from my first reading of Atlas, it's along the lines. I was struck by what seemed to me the odd combination of Rand's brilliance -- and enormous insightfulness in some respects -- with what I've always called a "naivety," as if there was a great deal she didn't understand about people, so that she was inventing what made people tick instead of embodying awareness of emotional dynamics as is usual with great literary writers.I'll pick up with that first reading when next I can do an extended post. Attending meetings takes it out of me.Ellen Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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