Ayn Rand\'s "The Fountainhead"


Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every one
and for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap this
resevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their hearts
desires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials,
nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering this
package lethal, with the potential for untold destruction. In other words,
power in the wrong hands or power without responsibility is the most harzardous
weapon mankind can possess.

To say that power is a medium out of control and pertaining to something with
incredible destruction, is rather quite true. Assuming that every one and
anyone has the potential to be entitle to a share of this universal medium.
Then it would be justifiable to claim that like any other unmoderated activities,
raging amibition for power uncontroled could wreak havoc and acts as a catalyst
in the breakdown of a society. Similar to politics which deals with the static
physical component of society, there must be a more formidable source of
pervailance over the mystical realm of power. There fore, this form of guidance
can only exist from the mind, and as product of thought, thus the ideas within
a philosophy.

The Ideals warp between the covers of, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand\'s
philosophical revolution of Individualistic power, is her solution to society\'s
request for a cure. She believe that the highest order of power stands above
all alternatives as the power belonging to an individual and her mission is to
prove the greatness of individualist power within the hero she christain the
name Roark.

Rational thinkers, do not make decisions in a give or take scenario, but instead
they carefully distinguish between be extremes of the Black, the White, and the
median Gray. The Fountainhead, simulates the world as a whitches cauldron,
filled with many evils, among which only one true and worthy victor can pervail.
Ayn Rand explores the many facets of power within a structural community,
relying upon her philosolophy as a test-bed and a believable standard.

In essence the portfolio of The Fountainhead, contains, four major fronts of
power, each dominated by a type of relative character and characteristics.
Manipulative Power entitle itself to be crown the champion of false promises
and deciet. The Power of Green or power due to money is difficult to achieve
and deserve honorable mentioning, yet it is a virtual power built upon wealth.
Worst of all evil in man\'s search for power lies behind the mask of a man built
on betrayal, resorting to self-deprivation for prestige and the selling of
oneself to fame. The true power belongs to an individualist, who fights for
himself, lives for himself and is Rand\'s answer to the plea of the people.

Subjecting to visualization, this could be interpret in the form of a compass
rose with its four extended arms representing each front of power, converging
onto a center of origin. This origin is the birth place of all men. Attaining
power is a rather lenghthy, delicate process and is likely prone to failure.
Life\'s goal is determining of one direction and that single path can represent
an arm of the rose. Simply it may seem not too difficult to make the correct
choice, yet many fail to do so.

Ironically, Ayn Rand play the role of a mischieve when she weave such a
believable character to represent the cold, uncompassionate, and power hungry
Manipulator. She fool the reader to believe that Ellsworth Toohey, a successful
and very influential member of society, is a worthy man, fighting for the cause
of the human kind. His generosity and sacreficial offerings are only cover-ups
from his true nature, the impulsive liar who strive on manipulating others for
power.

Physically Toohey is described as a weak man, apparent only through the power of
his mind. According to Rand, a wholesome, powerful character has to unify both
the mental and physical hemispheres. Toohey is a man that could have been, yet
upon his own choosing, warp himself into something beyond rescue. Toohey is a
very dangerous man. Dangerous because he knows the weakness in other men and
uses this porthole as a point of attack. His aim, is the breakdown of another\'s
soul and thus in this way he gain power over them. Toohey can be rank above
the most tyrant Monarchs and the worst dictators in history. His ambition is
not only to physically own people, but the possession of their very souls. In a
confession to one of his victim