Well, in mythology Atlas was a Titan who battled the Olympians. After the Titans lost, Atlas was punished. His punishment was to hold up the sky away from the earth. Somewhere along time, someone, interpreted mythology as Atlas holding up the earth… But it matters not. The title, Atlas Shrugged, comes from a conversation in Ayn Rand’s book where Francisco d’Anconia and Hank Reardon are having a discussion and d’Anconia asks Reardon:
“If you saw Atlas — the giant who holds the world on his shoulders — If you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling, but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength. And the greater his effort, the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders, what would you tell him to do?”
In the book, Reardon is taken aback and says that he doesn’t know and throws the question back to d’Anconia asking him what he would tell Atlas to do; d’Anconia of course announces that he would tell Atlas:
If you haven’t read the book, the theme is; What if those successful few who worked hard to produce products and develop ideas were forced to pay more and more for those who
did not produce and were not successful, and went on strike?
It’s worth thinking about. What if you worked hard, spent long hours on your goals and because of your hard work, you became successful? Do you think, that you should have to pay for those who were not doing anything but wanted free stuff. Should you be penalized merely because you had the money to pay when others did not? What would you do if your best virtues (hard work, creative thinking, ability to follow through) were looked at as bad characteristics by the very people who benefited from your labor (money, products, business)? What would you do? Work for the benefit of others because they want your money? Or stop working because others keep taking your money?