Apollo and Dionysus

During 1972, Ayn Rand delivered a lecture at Boston’s Ford Hall Forum. In her lecture, she contrasts two major events from that summer’s news: the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Woodstock music festival. Using the symbolism and meaning of the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus, Ms. Rand outlines the fundamental conflict of our age: reason versus irrational emotion. She explores the mindsets of participants, commentators and spectators in search of the two events’ philosophical causes and meaning.

Ayn Rand’s lecture is especially relevant in light of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and environmentalists (or the Left entirely) belong in the Dionysian camp.

Photo Credit: By National Museum of the U.S. Navy – as11_40_5874, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=70740912