Marcus Posted March 10, 2016 Share Posted March 10, 2016 Quote Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god.- Aristotle Howard Roark, hero of the fountainhead, is he beast or god? He is a man without any apparatus (per Ayn Rand's journal) for understanding others. Obviously a sociopath or serial killer would qualify as a "beast" but Howard Roark was none of these. He was totally self-sufficient, had few things to say, few friends (in fact, none in the beginning). Howard Roark did not concern himself with the affairs of men. Peikoff says he was a "normal" man, but it's not "normal" to be totally comfortable outside of the domain of other men and society. He was not a supernatural phenomenon but he wasn't a "normal" man by any means. Does that make him a "god" in a sense? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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