One other favourite passage of mine from Atlas Shrugged that doesn’t qualify for the blockbuster class is a press release by Francisco d’Anconia. Jim Taggart, who’s about to enter his senior 12 months of faculty, tells Francisco that the thousands and thousands of {dollars} he’s about to inherit should not for his private pleasure however, reasonably, are a “belief” that needs to be used to profit the underprivileged and the poor.

Francisco replies: “It’s not advisable, James, to enterprise unsolicited opinions. It is best to spare your self the embarrassing discovery of their actual worth to your listener.”

I’ve virtually by no means appreciated unsolicited recommendation. I attempt to mannequin that by not giving recommendation with out first asking whether or not it’s welcome.

The passage tangentially jogs my memory of an Allan Sherman music titled “Good Recommendation.” I nonetheless keep in mind the chorus:

And that was good recommendation, good recommendation,

Good recommendation prices nothing and it’s well worth the value.



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