Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ayn Rand on Christmas

From the Ayn Rand Lexicon:
The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .
The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only “commercial greed” could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.
(via  Alex Tabarrok)


  1. Ayn Rand is like most people, would rather mock God then simply turn from her sin and repent. Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would be sacrificed so men could be reconciled to God. He bore God's wrath for the sins of mankind and those who trust Him will be given eternal life to reside alongside God forever. That is the truth. Like most humanist, she would rather exalt man than God.