The side which pressed the hardest along the lines of least resistance was going to win. His simplicity was the foundation of his modesty and honesty. He could not bear shams, pretensions and humbug. He despised after-dinner speeches and such orations because he felt they were silly; he simply could not deliver them. His orders were always clear, because they were always simple, honest and modest.
He knew that Dagny respected him but did not agree with his philosophy but this did not stop him from showing her the power house and how to access it. He said to her “…I don’t mind telling you this secret – because I know that you won’t pronounce those words until you mean them…” (671) He was a patient man who gave people the opportunity to draw their conclusions and make their decisions after presenting them with facts. As in the case of Dagny who refused to stay in the valley after spending a month there with the other geniuses he neither begrudged her nor feel offended. He was a cosmic force with the power of persuasion and
"Author's Note." Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. N. Print. Krakauer, Jon.
Prometheus did not believe in the slang of “One for all, and All for One.” Through pity of his brothers, he himself knew that being independent is not a sin. It may be a sin in the dark, cold, bitter place of the society but, in reality it was not a sin. Prometheus as a leader, an heir, a creator –an individual- came to many realizations that the “best in him” was the best that he had and did not consider being alone and loving one another as a sin. He considered it as a blessing.
· What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think · It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. (Peer Pressure) · The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. · But perception is not whimsical, but fatal · Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say `I think,' `I am,' but quotes some saint or sage. (Given up on self) · Insist on yourself; never imitate Except yourself: · There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.
To refer to him as a monster as of yet would be unjust as he was still his true, unsullied self. Nature was so far prevailing over nurture by this time in the novel, giving the reader a sense of hope in seeing that even a being so resented could still be amiable. This creature developed the capacity to love and showed it without any external provocation towards the family he had come to care for so deeply. He preformed chores for them and put their needs before his own. Goodness flowed through him and he was pleasant.
“Finny’s life was ruled by inspiration and anarchy, so he prized a set of rules”(Knowles 26). He almost lived by his own rules, he did what he wanted, what made him happy. He is also quite innocent making him naïve. “Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies” (Knowles 45). He doesn’t do anything intentionally; he actually thinks so highly of his friends, that they could never do any harm to him.
The pain of others was not something that generally occurred to him as being necessary of consideration. It was not that he sought to cause others pain, it was just that he simply acted as he felt he must, often even when he knew the consequences to himself could be severe. This lack of empathy was especially unusual among his people who were essentially immortal, their many years of life made them wise to the needs of others and the necessity of compassion and understanding. No doubt this was part of the reason he existed on the fringe of the community. He was capable of charm and even kindness where it served his purpose.
Both men’s actions are products of how they want to live. They never let the expectations of others impact their behavior. This is most evident when Meursault is actually facing his own death. While Meursault is certainly not a hero, people who stand up for their beliefs are to be admired. Meursault is certainly a model of a person who cannot be swayed by the opinion of others and remains true to himself, so oddly he
He sacrificed so much and put himself in danger to follow what he wanted to do. Chris was a smart cookie, and maybe that was what kept him going was the knowledge flooding through his body and the inspiration that reading gave him. Although, Chris McCandless may be seen as stupid and his ideals uncanny, he gave up everything to follow his heart he escaped the world that would have changed him, he wrote his own tale to feel free, and he left a conformist world to indulge in true happiness. How many people would just give up their lives, family, material goods, to escape into a world of perfect solitude and peace; not many and Chris was one of those that could and he became and inspiration. “The idea of free personality and the idea of life as sacrifice” (187).