The Fountainhead has always been an inspiration for me, a story to believe in when the going was tough, an idea to strive towards when there were non, an Ideal Man to look up to when doubt clouded the judgement.
So it was never a huge surprise when I came back to this book when i was searching for what The Bicyclist should be and it was during this search that I had come across this amazing introduction by Rand for the 25th anniversary of The Fountainhead.
Rand talks about her attitude towards writing in the words of Victor Hugo: ” “If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away.” Novels, Rand tells us, in the proper sense of the word, are not written to vanish in a month or a year. That most of them do, today, that they are written and published as if they were magazines, to fade as rapidly, is one of the sorriest aspects of today’s literature. This is the very same notion that initiated my desire to create meaningful objects, to create objects that are meant to last, to create objects that would inherit a soul of its own.
This is why The Bicyclist was created.
The ideas of Romanticism and the Ideal Man as described by Rand also holds true for our pursuit,
Romanticism Rand tells us is something you discover, “ Romanticism is the conceptual school of art. It deals, not with the random trivia of the day, but with the timeless, fundamental, universal problems and values of human existence. It does not record or photograph; it creates and projects. It is concerned–in the words of Aristotle–not with things as they are, but with things as they might be and ought to be.“