Car Stolen, Almost

Thursday, 11 July 2002

I thought my car had been stolen yes­ter­day. Turns out the University had de­cided it and 3 other cars needed tow­ing to an­other park­ing lot far­ther away. Why? So a tem­po­rary chain link fence could be put up. The rea­son for the fence is not ob­vi­ous, it merely par­ti­tions part of the lot from the rest. It ap­pears that the fence is one of those things that ex­ists only to make things slightly more grat­ing for peo­ple. So I searched the lot for about a half hour won­der­ing if I had parked it some­where else and had for­got­ten. As my anx­i­ety lev­eled in­creased I re­al­ized that my 1993 Oldsmobile EightyEight wasn’t there. Shit. So I go back to call se­cu­rity and here we go:

Security: “Notre Dame Security this is Sandra.”
Adam: “I’m call­ing to re­port a stolen ve­hic…”
S: “Oh! Were you parked in D2? We towed 4 cars out of there to the North lot to­day.”
A: “Yeah I was in D2, did you tow a…”
S: “We’ve got a grey Ford Pickup, li­cense plate num…”
A: (curs­ing in­ter­nally) “No, that is not my car. I have a…”
S: “…and we have a grey Oldsmobile that be­longs to…”
A: (irately) “I have an Oldsmobile but its navy not grey, the name is Adam Harvey.”
S: “I’ve got an Oldsmobile with Indiana plates reg­is­tered to a Harvey A. Barnard.”
A: (more in­ter­nal curs­ing) “Yeah, that’s me.”
S: “There is no cost to you, sir. Have good day.” (click)
A: “Fuck.”

Absurd. Especially in the ex­is­ten­tial­ist mean­ing of the word.

Its gonna take awhile to read Atlas Shrugged since the book it­self is large enough to be borne by Atlas. So to amuse my­self while I read it I’m go­ing to rip on Ayn Rand’s phi­los­o­phy: Objectivism.

Day 1: The last few pages of the book (af­ter the novel it­self) are de­voted to a syn­op­sis of her phi­los­o­phy.
Major Objection: A phi­los­o­phy that de­pends on a pulp print­ing of a book to get a word in edge­wise rather de­feats the cred­i­bil­ity of said phi­los­o­phy.
Metaphysics: “Objectivism re­jects any be­lief in the su­per­nat­u­ral-and any claim that in­di­vid­u­als or groups cre­ate their own re­al­ity.”
Major Objection: This in ef­fect states that so­ci­eties should not ex­ist. For what is so­ci­ety, but a mass con­sumed cre­ated re­al­ity? Lunatics are os­tra­cized for the very rea­son that their cre­ated re­al­ity ex­ists in con­flict to the sta­tus quo. Objectivism also there­fore op­poses the ex­is­ten­tial­ist idea that mean­ing is cre­ated and ex­erted by the in­di­vid­ual. For Objectivism, mean­ing must ex­ist as fact only, the ul­ti­mate prag­ma­tism.