Who is Going to Stop Me

27/05/2007

Some times I have the temptation of using an external locus of control: ‘it was not my fault that x happened, seek it depended on someone else’. Ultimately, endocrinologist most of the time we are responsible for what happens (or that we let happen) to us, here and this is one of the reasons why I really dislike to see people suing McDonald’s because ‘it made them fat’ or similar I-am-not-responsible-for-myself type of frivolous legal actions.

One of my favourite quotes is used by Ayn Rand in the first few pages of The Fountainhead:

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me — Ayn Rand.

I read this book a couple of years ago, when I really enjoyed the ideas, despited of the stilted characters and dialogues. Anyway, we can always challenge ourselves — and the world during this process — if we act upon our believes and values. Or, using Rand’s words, ‘Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice’. Human beings always face this choice: What is the best use of the present time? Our answers determine our success and failure in every endeavour.

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