“In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a man who had committed the one unforgivable sin: he was proud of his wealth.” Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand.
I am still working on reading Atlas Shrugged. It’s been a year since I began reading it. I have been trying a little harder to read it this spring. Still I only have a little time in the evening to read it. I read about five to ten pages a day. I still have other reading I have to do too. At this rate I will finish in four or five months. Oh well, such is life. I have really loved this book so far. It’s especially intriguing when I see reflections of our current affairs in this book.
The above quote really hit me. At first I thought as the heroine, Dagny Taggart, implies, that’s right, he should be proud of the wealth he has earned. He should be proud of the GOOD work he has done and for which he has been monetarily rewarded. He does not have to share it, but if he does, then that is a noble good for the neighbor he shares it with and his good deed will benefit his own soul…
This got me thinking though. It is perhaps easy to be proud of wealth, especially if one earned it. But it is also important to be proud of where ever one finds himself in life. So long as one lives nobly, honestly, works hard, lives the good life, then there is much to be proud. I think in this case the definition of “proud” is owning one’s station in life. If one is poor, then take pride in living simply, being frugal and not being ashamed of poverty.
I am not rich, famous, or on the fast track to corporate leadership, but I have much. I am proud of being a good wife and not only making my marriage work, but making it beautiful and part of our salvation. I am proud of nurturing and teaching my children. I am proud of slowly, but surely making my way in the world, nobly, honestly, and you should be proud of your station in life too.