Originally Posted by GlenBarrington
With a little luck, maybe we all could transcend our weaknesses, shortcomings, and character flaws!
Netflix has an interesting Documentary on Ayn Rand called, "Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged". It is less about "Atlas Shrugged" than it is about what motivated her, and how frustrated she was about how people seemed to misunderstand what she was saying. I think freedom is a hard concept to truly understand and even harder to balance fairly with the demands of our modern world.
Many (most?) creative types are far from exemplary human beings.
Asimov pointed out that arrogance is pretty much a requirement to be a commercial writer since who else would even dream that people would want to *pay* for their ideas?
So if you start there and work your way from there there's bound to be a lot of trampled sensibilites on the road to any meaningful creative work. In the best of all worlds, books would be allowed to sink or swim on their own merits regardless of the author's own traits but we definitely don't live in that world or any even vaguely ressembling it.
(Netflix, huh? I'll look into it after the holidays. Thanks.)