Originally Posted by Mott the Hoople
Okay, I guess I have to go step by step for some people.
One day I got up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, and got dressed. I went to the library and checked out another book by an author I liked. I had read Fountainhead before, I had just checked out Atlas Shrugged. Over the next three days I read every word of the second book from this author named Ayn Rand. It was interesting, but clearly written in some parts more to teach something that most people who would enjoy the book already knew.
Because of this in subsequent years when I re-read the book, I skipped some of the longer "teaching" moments and simply read the story. Although I do read the speech on "money" by Francisco every time. That one rocks.
I would have advised her that a bit of editing on the Galt speech would be nice, it is a bit repetitive (not just a bit, but you know)... and I would have noted to her that a dude in 7th grade could see the foreshadowing from at the very most the third chapter... With a bit of judicious editing the same point that was made repetitively could have been brought to bear leaving the story intact and far more enjoyable.
Basically it was like reading the "Left Behind" series. On occasion the authors would break into a long sermon in the middle of the book. Skipping those bits that are meant to teach people who may be reading about their religious beliefs for the first time, if you already know about their beliefs, changes nothing in the story and you get more out of it because you aren't annoyed by reading something "teaching" you something you learned long ago.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- -- Aristotle
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
- -- The Buddha