Novelist Ayn Rand had mesmerized a student audience at Yale University with her prickly ideas. Afterward a reporter from, Time Magazine asked her, "Miss Rand, what's wrong with the modern world?"

Without hesitation she replied, "Never before has the world been so desperately asking for answers to crucial questions, and never before has the world been so frantically committed to the idea that no answers are possible."

"To paraphrase the Bible," she continued, "the modern attitude is, 'Father, forgive us, for we know not what we are doing - and please don't tell us!"