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Rebirth Of The Spirit
April 10, 2004 -- The Greeks had a myth about the great goddess Demeter who brought bountiful harvests. Her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, god of the underworld, and taken to the realm of the dead. As Demeter despaired, the crops failed and the Earth died. Hades finally agreed to let Persephone return to the land of the living for part of the year and each year her return brought the spring, a time of rebirth and renewal.
Many cultures celebrate such a season. One need not accept a mythology or religion to appreciate the periodic need to reflect on what's important in our lives, to refocus on all the potential that lays before us, to revitalize our drive to achieve our goals, and overall to refresh our soul. For many years Ayn Rand gave an annual speech in April at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston. She considered it a kind of Objectivist Easter. This was appropriate for Objectivism is the ultimate this-world philosophy, one which first and foremost focuses on life, on its possibilities and joys.
Edward Hudgins writes on political and social issues. He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier, and two books on postal service privatization. His latest collection is entitled An Objectivist Secular Reader. He is director of advocacy for The Atlas Society.