The Temple of the Human Spirit is founded on the movement began by Ayn Rand in 1943 with the publication of “The Fountainhead.” It is dedicated on the principles exemplified by Howard Roark; rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productivity, purpose, pride and self-esteem: which we perceive to be the highest form of the human spirit. It is the human spirit, the spirit of reason, which has lifted man out of the dark ages and into the heavens. The skyscraper, the airplane, and the space shuttle are all monuments to the awe inspiring power of the human spirit, a power which no mystical belief can rival in its ability to achieve health, happiness and success.
The Temple promotes a rational worldview which, in addition to basic philosophy, encompasses ideological positions the fields of the special sciences that we identify as congruent with our fundamental premises.
This image is an incredible testament to the power of the human spirit. In one frame it captures the truth of our existence, and the key to our greatness. It is mans mind using reason, the foundation of the human spirit, not faith, that has raised him out of the mosquito filled swamps and into the heavens. It is man’s mind, not feeling, that has launched him out of insufferable child mortality and 30 year lifespans and into longevity and dominance on this planet. It is man’s mind, not fear, that has launched him out of poverty and into the prosperity of the Industrial Age. It is man’s mind, not revelation, that has launched him out of starvation and into a land of plenty. It is man’s mind, not whim, that has launched him out of the ugliness of the cave paintings and into the beauty of the Renaissance. It is man’s mind, not sentiment, that has launched man out of caves and huts and into skyscrapers. It is man’s mind, not instinct, that has launched him out of ignorance of the origins of such things as lightning and into the knowledge of all this world and its wonderful workings. All of these things cast their light upon the world, and it is for us, in the name of truth and justice, to unfurl a banner above the world that we have made that all may know what it proclaims: For the Glory of Man.
“If we consider the fact that to this day everything that makes us civilized beings, every rational value that we possess—including the birth of science, the industrial revolution, the creation of the United States, even the structure of our language—is the result of Aristotle’s influence, of the degree to which, explicitly or implicitly, men accepted his epistemological principles, we would have to say: never have so many owed so much to one man.” Ayn Rand – For the New Intellectual
“To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living.” Ayn Rand