I Am The MOST IMPORTANT Person I’ve Ever Met
Which is a title sufficiently conceited to put anyone off reading this post. But let’s face it – it’s a not uncommon attitude. It lies at the heart of individualism, that pervasiveness western sickness that lies at the root of so many of our ills. It was the title I had in our current series, Great Lies of Our Time (I’m assured that the talks were not allotted because of some particular problem that needed addressing in each speaker – but who can say for sure?).
You can now download the talk here.
The talk was in 2 parts – and the real treat was the chance during the break to hear a brand new song written for the occasion (with only 4 days notice!!) by Paul Enns. I’m pleased to say that he has agreed for it to go out on the audio of the talk. So that’s an extra reason for downloading! You will find that from 17:50.
My aim was to tackle something of the motivations for believing in a godless universe together with the tragic consequences of doing so for our sense of human identity and dignity. This meant drawing on all kinds of voices, like those of Ayn Rand and her critics like Christopher Hitchens and Gore Vidal, Cheryl Cole as the face of L’Oreal, Camus and Freud. We then turned to the double whammy of Psalm 8 and Mark 8 to make some sort of sense of it all.
Here are the slides from the keynote presentation.
Then here are the two video clips I used.
The first is the Howard Roark (played by the legendary Gary Cooper) defence speech in Ayn Rand’s screenplay of The Fountainhead. It is an articulate (if scary) explanation of Individualism.