A Letter To Gail Wynand
- NOTE: I received a very interesting letter today from Gail Wynand. Like a few like-minded people who understand my polemic against public education, Gail Wynand is witnessing a farce. His letter is about my controversial anti-education blog. Here’s what he said:
It’s no use, blogger. You’re attacking a school of soul leeches, Peter Keatings and Ellsworth Tooheys. You’ll never win. Not in a hundred years. I suggest you write posts explaining the philosophical foundations of objectivism and then ram them down their throats. So that these bigots from UP will know what it is before they tell you they’re from UP and you’re not and you don’t have the right to criticize them. It’s obvious some of them actually never read the post. I’m from UP and I know there are lots of second-handers who borrow an undeserved prestige and conceit from the name of the school. Well? Fuck them.
I think my friend is right, that I will always remain in the Dominique mood. I should have moderated this site in the first place. Ellsworth Toohey—the man of the hour, the man who consecrated his life to the poor, the weak, the less privileged—is winning. His philosophy of self-sacrifice, of self-immolation is spreading like wildfire. It’s now taking roots in our society, invading schools, and blighting the minds of the youth. Yet those who defend the virtue of social immolation do not clearly understand the very consequences of their actions. They are morally guilty. I know, Ellsie wants to see more Peter Keatings at UP and other public schools. He wants more Keating clones.
“I want to rule,” he said. “Like my spiritual predecessors. But I’m luckier than they were. I inherited the fruit of their efforts and I shall be the one who’ll see the great dream made real. I see it all around me today. I recognise it. I don’t like it. I didn’t expect to like it. Enjoyment is not my destiny. I shall find such satisfaction as my capacity permits. I shall rule.”
Ellsie knows it—he exactly knows what he’s doing. Perhaps we won’t win. Not in a hundred years, as you said. There will be more Tooheys and Keatings in the future. Our school of soul leeches, to borrow your term, is producing more of their clones. Are you afraid of the future, Gail? You should. The Gail Wynands in our society of lemmings are supporting their own destroyers. You are supporting your own destroyer, Gail. But Ellsie’s morality of altruism seems to be more appealing to our social planners who shaped our society in their own image. We now witness the full result of their morality. Why are some people complaining when they fully supported it and were part of it through their silence and inaction? We all wanted it that’s why we’re now faced with our collective dead-end.
In the distant past, there was this man named Socrates who was condemned to death for heresy and corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens. Most people don’t know that the very idea that murdered this great thinker is “democracy” as we know it today. This is the kind of democracy, of social system that Ellsie and his social friends would like to see fully established. This is the ‘social lever’, which they could use to achieve their altruistic goal.
This is Ellsworth’s message to the Peter Keatings of our time: “If you learn how to rule one single man’s soul, you can get the rest of mankind. It’s the soul, Peter, the soul. Not whips or swords or fire or guns. That’s why the Caesars, the Attilas, the Napoleons were fools and did not last. We will. The soul, Peter, is that which can’t be ruled. It must be broken. Drive a wedge in, get your fingers on it – and the man is yours. You won’t need a whip – he’ll bring it to you and ask to be whipped. Set him in reverse – and his own mechanism will do your work for you. Use him against himself. Want to know how it’s done? See if I ever lied to you. See if you haven’t heard all this for years, but didn’t want to hear, and the fault is yours, not mine.”
Yes, perhaps we won’t win. But at least we tried. We are not guilty for our inaction. Perhaps I still play Dominique’s role. I think I should and make a fool of ‘them’. I believe that’s what they want. I should just praise their second-handedness. They are from UP. I’m nothing… I’m from an average school. Who am I to attack a herd of intelligent ones? Who am I to write this blog when I didn’t even take the UPCAT? Let’s just be great in the eyes of others. Let’s just pander to other people’s baser instincts. Let’s praise other people’s weaknesses. Let’s just proclaim our admiration for mediocrity and foolishness. We should condemn independence. Let’s set up standards of achievement open to all, to the least, to the most incompetent. Is this not the essence of democracy, Gail? Is this not what most Gail Wynands of our time support? Is this not what most of our elites and social geniuses promote?
Yes, let’s just destroy the individual. Toohey once said: “Kill by laughter. Laughter is an instrument of human joy. Learn to use it as a weapon of destruction. Turn it into a sneer. It’s simple. Tell them to laugh at everything. Tell them that a sense of humour is an unlimited virtue. Don’t let anything remain sacred in a man’s soul – and his soul won’t be sacred to him. Kill reverence and you’ve killed the hero in man. One doesn’t reverence with a giggle. He’ll obey and he’ll set no limits to obedience – anything goes – nothing is too serious.” Don’t you see it, Gail? This method is now being applied to me and to anybody who would attempt to pillory their code of morality.
So let’s all kill the hero in man. Let’s enshrine the virtue of mediocrity. That’s what most people want. That’s what the media usually portray. Let’s not give a single space or opportunity to any selfish individual whose only purpose in life is his pursuit of happiness. We are a society. We’re all in it. No man is an island. It is our duty as a society to serve the welfare of others. Let’s compromise, because this is the essence of democracy. This is the very essence of “pakikisama” or “pakikipagkapwa tao”, which we learned since grade school.
Oh, yes… Let’s turn this country into a society of second-handers. There is no objective reality, after all. Concepts and ideas were discovered for the betterment of our society, not for the benefit of the individual. Concepts and ideas are subjective. They are detached from reality. We mean what we would want to mean. Objectivity in language is a thing of the past. Since language is a social construct, let’s just take it to its proper role: language exists for the benefit of our society, for the greater good. Let’s also subsidize language!
Let any individual who speaks ill of our society be condemned. Let any individual who attempts to attack the common good and the greater good be ostracized. Since we are a society, we should take care of the poor, the less privileged, the weak, and those unable to send their children to school. We must all sacrifice for the sake of the greater good. Let’s call for social sacrifice!
But… I’m selfish, Gail. Are you? I am an individual. It seems that the word “I” is gradually vanishing from our society. Do you see it, Gail? Yes, no doubt Ellsworth is winning. I can see the determination in his eyes… in his soul. Are you now on strike? Would you keep on supporting your own destroyers? Perhaps you’re right… It’s no use. Well, who is John Galt?