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Freedom is the child of beauty in love with truth
Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Painting by Richard F. Newton

Painting by Richard F. Newton, from The Orator, Vol I

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A picture is worth a thousand words.
And a word is worth a thousand pictures.

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Words are a lens to focus one's mind.

Ayn Rand

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The Lovers

The lovers.
The lovers who seek sacred romance,
who yearn for the ecstasy created
by the united, relentless striving for mutual recognition,
for reciprocity, release, and rejuvenation.
The lovers who seek the synchronized, integrated movement
to penetrate and envelope the sublime:
to charge up the polarized energy ...
to reach the threshold of transcendence ...
to unleash the life-renewing, life-expanding power
that re-affirms and re-centers
the holy being of true love.
The lovers.

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Monart Pon

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How to feed a fiery spirit? How to keep it high?

The Orator

by Peter Zarlenga

Speak the truth in harmony with beauty moving humanity to freedom.

Freedom is the child of beauty in love with truth.

The love of truth is the spirit of man.

Justice is truth in action creating beauty.

Beauty is being in harmony with what you are.

To be beautiful, be true to yourself.


We are free. Our freedom is to move at will, to be effective, to live, to create order from chaos, to achieve perfection, to conceive and create, to imagine and enact, to dream and to fulfill our dreams, to be and become what we want to be.

The way to achieve this great aim is to concentrate the magnificent power of your mind on the fulfillment of the love of your spirit. When you do this you will create an intense beam of power so pure it will reach the furthest star.


The purpose of life is to be what you are and to become what you could be. To seek to create excellence in whatever you choose to do. To do what is right. To practice principles. To create order from chaos. To think and act upon your thought. To be real, right, good, and true. To choose to cause your own change. To identify, simplify, concentrate, and move. To fight for freedom, justice, truth, beauty, achievement, and joy.


Hold your ground defending yourself, living for yourself, respecting yourself, being yourself. Set fire to your spirit, soar aloft, become what you could be.

Put your will into action and realize the reality of reality. Bring the value of your spirit into being. Have the courage to create yourself from your own thought and action. Trust your own mind to identity what is true. Act upon the truth.

Act upon the truth and you will create order. Your order will create energy. Your energy will create movement. Your movement will create achievement. Your achievement will create joy. Your joy will create love. Your love will create goodwill. Your goodwill will create justice, freedom, truth, and beauty. It can be done. You can do it.


From The Orator by Peter Nivio Zarlenga
©Copyright 1977 Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Excerpted by Monart Pon

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Principles of Achievement

Here is an excerpt from a book that continues to help me in many ways to solve problems and achieve goals, even after 25 years since I first came upon it. I worked with the author, Peter Zarlenga, for a couple of years, and am a better man for it.

Peter Zarlenga in Edmonton

Peter Zarlenga, visiting Edmonton, Canada, 1978

Peter Zarlenga in Edmonton

The subject of problem-solving and goal-achievement is vast, consisting of volumes and volumes of studies on it. Its complexity is because it relates to the whole business and process of life: to solve problems in the achievement of one's goals.

Complexities can be simplified by identifying the relevant principles, and by finding ways to word them so as to know them easily and use them effectively.

Peter Zarlenga worded his principles of achievement in this way:

From The Orator, "The Four Principles of Achievement"

Why is there such a great difference between what a man could do and what he actually does?

The difference is how a man moves, where he chooses to go, and his method of getting there.

If you honestly desire to achieve a goal, fulfill a dream, or simply get something you want, there is a way.

1. IDENTIFY. Identify your aim. Choose what you want to do. Base your decision on the truth.

2. SIMPLIFY. Divide your movement into easy-to-do sections. If you fail, divide again.

3. CONCENTRATE. Do one thing at a time extremely well, then move on to the next.

4. MOVE. Sustain your movement at a comfortable pace. Begin and don't stop.

[From THE ORATOR, by Peter Nivio Zarlenga, 1981, NY, BOOKS IN FOCUS, pp.8-21, with diagrams.]

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From a post at Objectivism @ We the Living (

"Benevolence" is "bene-valence", or a well-wishing--a sense of good willing--a belief in the potential of good values to be discovered in life, values to be achieved and respected. Benevolence is an intellectual-emotional state that arises from how one acts towards the values of one's life and towards the values of other human beings.

I'm wondering in what ways the state of one's benevolence can be expressed here on OWL. OWL is a forum of objectivists at We the Living, and an intellectual community drawn together by a common interest: a valuing of the ideas of objectivism, a benevolence for the ideas of "reality, reason, rights, and romance".

In such a community, how should we write to each other, when presenting, or discussing, or responding to some topic or question? If we are tired, frustrated, or irritated, should we complain and scold on-list about, for example, a newcomer's problems and queries about "elementary" subjects? Or, should we find some affordable effort to help? Should we at least refrain from using words that discourage rather than encourage? Don't we have the choice to just ignore the request, the topic, or the post, if it doesn't interest us? Is OWL not a free association?

Whom is OWL for? Shouldn't it be for anyone who chooses to associate for the interest and benevolence they have for objectivist and related ideas? Or should it be restricted (and by what justification?) to some smaller subset of posters (and which subset)? Should OWL follow a rule like "Children should listen, but not be heard"?


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