Darkness - Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand – Image Source Wikipedia

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.”

Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

When our shoulders can bear the weight no more—

when their threat of darkness cowers our light

when we, the few, begin to lose our fight

when all that remains of man’s heart is hate—

when rulers heed only secret debate—

when willful parents send children to kill—

when we crush the animals sacred will

when none left fighting for animal rights

when Facebook Likes become treasured delights—

when an iPhone adds meaning to a life

you may know your society is doomed.

Peter Schreiner


  1. Holy Cow (pun intended). What an awesome and creative way to send out a message. Brilliant poetry that connects so many others who are sending out a like message. Each link tells the detailed story of the phrases you so carefully placed upon the virtual page.

    Will post a link to our Facebook page….not for the “likes” but for purposes of awakening others. And in the process, will hold to hope that the world is not yet over…at least not today. 🙂

    Amazing work, Peter. Love it.

    ~ Gerean

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  2. Brilliantly written indeed, and I think there’s much to be gained by having the links within the lines too. It’s a fine quote, and works well for the subject, I cannot bear the woman and her beliefs mind you –


    • however she could write very well indeed, and I’m glad to see a part of her work used for the good of many rather than that she she herself held dear – Objectivism – that the only moral course is pure self-interest.

    A fine piece once again Peter, You make people think! I don’t think we’re doomed though, how can we be, we have you. smiles

    • sonmi upon the Cloud

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    1. I certainly understand and concur in your position of Ayn Rand. Although I understand too, much has to do from where she came and what she fled.

      My admiration of her is also as a writer and her prophetic vision of government intervention. But more than Atlas Shrugged it was Anthem that had greatest influence, even though it’s been so long ago since I’ve read it. I couldn’t now begin to tell you what it was about—only that I liked it at the time.

      Thank you, Sonmicloud.

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  3. Disgusting, this sick society is way beyond redemption. Rotten to the core.
    Throw the entire ZOG experiment to hell freeze over: their promised “chosen land”.
    I say, burn motherfuckers: you committed matricide and you will pay for that: guaranteed.


      1. It is a piece of poetry, Peter.

        The use of decrepid is ehances slowness, but this also perfectly describes the aging process. Our lives wind on, monotonously until, indeed, we become and time left us behind.

        The final irony is wisdom and truth can only come with age insufficient from a normal human life span. True enlightenment greets death. But isn’t time and the fact we age at all the greatest mystery of all?

        I prepared a poem “in a flash” in my iphone and I will post it as a tribute to you 🙂

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  4. What a powerful image that accompanies your writing, Peter. I enjoyed following the links and one phrase stuck in my mind, ‘… don’t worry about being successful, just be faithful’.
    It is hard to realise that generally humanity has not progressed when it comes to caring for our planet and all who share it. We need faith, though, that our actions to alleviate suffering will add up in the end.

    The internet? Well I suppose we would not be connecting like this without it.

    I am still not getting notifications of your posts ???
    Take care,

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    1. I do suppose faithful is the best we can hope for; unfortunately, I don’t care for either word or their implication, faith and hope. They both give way to passivity.

      I was hoping connectivity would improve with this blog . . . well we’ll see what happens next post.

      Thank you, Emy.


      1. Faith and control are the two forks of the path we call life. Faith is for those with great strength of resolve. Control breathes cowardly confusion. Our lifes are governed by likes and dislikes which have been promiscuously manipulated into rogue moral codes by religious orders. Religion set the template for government as a method for ordered masses.

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        1. I believe we agree, but have differing perspectives on the word faith and its applications. To me, the word stirs thoughts of a religious faithful following, a blind and obedient trust, lazily yielding to the authority of another; it may also lead to fanaticism, of a deadly kind.

          But too, when I act, I act in faith that some good may pass and this gives me strength to carry on, and so I see your meaning.

          You said it well that religion set the template for government’s rule, but it may have done more than that by divorcing us from true spirituality. If there is such a thing, I like to think there is. And if there is, what power does it hold?

          Thank you, OT.

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          1. Very well spotted, Peter.

            But, you see, they [religions] say “faith” but mean control. The blind followers heed ignorance alone (confusion). Fait a camplis.

            Mohamet’s “Sunni” “faith” is “enlightenment by rote”. That is why Sunni’s produce some of the most faithless, dare I say, “evil” individuals on the planet – egged on (managed) by Zion all the way.

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