You Can Avoid Reality, but you cannot Avoid the Consequence of Avoiding Reality

YouCan Avoid Reality, but you cannot Avoid the Consequence of AvoidingReality

Rand’squote “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequenceof avoiding reality” means that one can decide not to recognizewhat is happening in their surroundings or life but ,the consequenceof these things will undoubtedly come to haunt them, and there isnothing they would do to run away. People tend to turn away or shieldthemselves from what is happening thinking that this would change thesituation or make it less worse but, the truth is that every actionhas a reaction, and the act of avoiding the reality has the reactionof being unable to run away from the consequence of one’s act ofavoiding the reality.

Failingto address a situation is the same as accepting the consequences ofthe situation. Rand in a speech he delivered at the WisconsinSymposium argues that there is a direct relationship between theultimate end and the fact of reality (Rand, 1961). For example,currently, human beings have joined hand to destroy the environmentby releasing poisonous gas into the atmosphere, cutting down trees aswell as releasing chemicals into the water bodies. The reality isthat there is much environment pollution going on in every part ofthe world, and many people do not care. While human beings havecontinued to avoid this reality, the consequence of these humanactions is unavoidable. For instance, how can one avoid thedevastating effects of environmental pollution such as globalwarming, diseases such as cancer, and natural calamities such astornadoes, Tsunamis, earthquakes among others?

Thereality, in this case, means the truth or the facts. The concept ofavoiding means that one does not think that these things exist intheir life or surrounding instead, they are absolutely sure of theirexistence only that they choose not to do something about them. Forexample, several years back, I had a friend although he was olderthan me who used to work at a well-established law firm as a juniorcounsel but, one of the senior partners at the firm decided that hisservices were no longer required. The reason given was that hisknowledge of the law had become obsolete having not advanced hiseducation since graduating while there were many young lawyers freshfrom the law school. As a veteran lawyer, he had recently upgradedhis vehicle by acquiring a loan. He was even considering acquiring amortgage. Even if he did not complete the mortgage application, hecontinued to service the loan using his savings and when they weredepleted he started borrowing from friends to repay the loan and forupkeep. The problem is that even his family did not know of hisunemployment status hence, they continued making demands as if theman had a job. Sooner, some of his friends hired a debt collector,and his house was auctioned while the bank reclaimed the car. Hisfamily felt betrayed such that they left him. The fact, in this case,is that my friend was fired and could not afford to pay the car loanleave alone acquire a mortgage. My friend avoided the reality bycontinuing to service the car, increasing his debts and failing toinform his family that he was unemployed. While he was able to avoidthis reality, he could not avoid the consequence of this reality hewas left homeless as well as a divorced and lonely man with noneither children nor friends.

Inconclusion, Randy’s quote of the reality being avoidable but notits consequences means that it is possible for one not to face thethings that are happenings in their life or surroundings, but, onehas to face to the consequence of this avoidance. Reality in Rand`squote has to do with the truth or facts. The quote applies to aperson who is fired but, chooses to continue with the same lifestylethey had before they were terminated from their job. Similarly, thequote applies to the problems facing human beings as a result ofignoring the challenge of environmental pollution.


Rand,A. (1961). “The Objectivist Ethics.” Accessed from