The Big Lebowski versus Howard Roark.

January 22, 2006

How much motivation does one receive in one’s life.  Do we all have in us supreme motivation right out of Ann Rand with the power to stop (or start) “the motor of the world?”  Does that same person have the capacity to spend his time unemployed and at a bowling alley every day?  Certainly all of us know someone who is chronically unemployed.  The intense, world-beater type is just as rare, if not moreso.  Then there are the rest of us.  But is it genetic to slack?  Can we help it if we overachieve?  Does it really come from within?  People can change.  It is possible for a guy who normally wears a white shirt to work every day to suddenly start wearing color.  Just add the right woman.  So it goes for the slacker too.  What’s the old song lyric from “Guys and Dolls?”

When the lazy slob gets a good steady job
And he smells from Vitalis and Barbasol
Call it dumb, call it clever, ah but you keep on forever,
That’s a guy that’s only doing it for some doll, some doll, some doll,
That’s a guy that’s only doing it for some doll.

The real rocket fuel in human activity is sexual attraction.  This is the strongest motivation of all.  So arguably you can turn The Dude into an objectivist super-hero with the right girl.  She’d have to be an awfully special girl though.  Now this flies in the face of all Rand’s stuff because her heroes did what they did because they were gifted and they were internally compelled to express their gifts.  Yes, they found equally heroic loves, but the love wasn’t the motivation.  I say bollocks.  In real life, motivation is just sex called something else. 

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