What has he achieved?

December 12th, 2012

Back in April 1976, ARPANET staged the fourth in a series of online dialogues between significant cultural figures. This one featured Yoko Ono, Ayn Rand, Sidney Nolan and Jim Henson. It's fair to say that Henson and Rand didn't see eye to eye:

JIM HENSON

I think Ms. Rand and my character Oscar the Grouch would have a lot to talk about actually. I am laughing out loud at this idea.

AYN RAND

Why would I want to talk to him. What has he achieved or trying to achieve.

JIM HENSON

He has achieved what I think is the ultimate goal of your way of thinking.

[...]

JIM HENSON

Isolation. Contempt for others. A hard heart. Yet even he can muster a bit of empathy every now and then.

[...]

AYN RAND

I am not isolated. I have no contempt for others. Millions of people read my books and find my thoughts inspirational. I hardly spend my time on the sidelines in a trash can grumping.

JIM HENSON

Not yet anyway.

[Via The Null Device]

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