For the last few months I have noticed that I can not recall facts and figures that I have known for years. I have become confused over the glyphs of "Mercury" and "Venus" recently. I have used them since the early 1990's. Since they are similar, it could be excused. However, the symbolism in them are of the utmost importance in the understanding of their attributes. I have been confused by "god" and "dog" since I was a child, but never by images. (They are stored and processed differently by the brain-see Free Masonry.) If my only prides is my intellect, so be it. It is my morbid fear that... When the discussion of the rational dealings of dementia has been discussed (Atlas), I said that they would take matters into their own hands before the the progress became crippling and burdensome. Compare this with Christianity's purpose of crippling and burdening the world.
The fact that the world is sinking into mediocrity is no of concern to John, since he wants to actively hasten its demise. He knows there is a better way to live and the world will have part of it. Suffering is a normal part of living, we learn, but it should be brief and not continual. John does not believe that he should help indiscriminately. Ayn Rand has woven the modern world as the logical final manifestation of Christianity into a believable background for her book. The "will to power" is a powerful concept. The masses use their overwhelming numbers to enslave the men of ability. If the "will to power" were based on numbers alone, John (and the superman) would have no hope of change. Fortunately, the superman (and John) uses his will alone to effect change. The masses, with out the will, will be crushed of their own weight.