She shrugged

The defendant’s daughter stood up, her laced blouse silently exclaiming femininity, her stern face demanding close attention, and shouted, “He’s a moose in a man’s clothing!”

The crowd gasped.  The plaintiff clapped his hooves to the desk in protest.

A man who believed there was no mind stood and asked, “By what faculties can you judge such a thing?”

A man who believed there was no reality asked, “How can we know moose exist at all?”

A woman who distrusted logic asked, “How can you be sure if all proof is foundationless?”

A woman who held no principles asked, “Why should we bind ourselves to this meaningless categorization?

A man who acknowledged no rights asked, “Why shouldn’t a man or moose for that matter stand to be judged?”

A man with no morality asked, “What’s moral about this court of law anyway?”

A woman who long believed in no absolutes asked, “What difference does it make if the plaintiff is a man or a moose?”

A woman, certain that it was impossible to know more than nothing, asked, “What?”

Ayn Rand did not pursue her accusation; she had already released the courtroom doors and let them clatter behind her.


2 Responses to She shrugged

  1. Ed B says:

    I believe that Ayn Rand would have done just that given the how the court-room was peopled.

  2. Deegee says:

    Thought-provocative in a few sentences – I appreciate the stimulation.

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