But! I was profoundly disappointed in the end of the article. Apparently, Ms. Gallagher's enthusiasm for Ayn Rand's ideas waned upon the birth of her first child. No, not waned. It seems as if she packed up Rand's ideas in a little box and put them away after she became a parent.
For the first time [after her daughter was born], I saw the limits of the grand myth of the self-made man. I saw how completely life itself depends on a love that cannot be rationalized, but is pure gift. Grace entered my life, and I submitted to the necessity of gratitude . . . .
I'm not sure what she means by the "necessity of gratitude" since she doesn't talk about a supernatural power. I'm really genuinely confused by the whole passage. It's true--a parent's love for a child is powerful. The love I feel for my family (hubby included) defies words and description most times, but that doesn't mean it's irrational. Suffice it to say--it's deep and selfish. I cannot imagine life without them; they are my favorite people in the entire universe, my highest values in the realm of human beings.
It really is too bad that Ms. Gallagher feels the way she does, because she really seems like a fan of Ayn Rand. It's unfortunate that she (like many others) seem to find Objectivism incompatible with parenthood. There are many Objectivist parents out there who disagree vehemently with that notion.