It is said Friedrich Nietzsche is the favourite philosopher of all 25+ year old overweight, balding and socially challenged virgins. The My Favorite Basketball Player Calls Me Meme T Shirt why they are overweight and still virgins at the age of 25+ is that they took Rand seriously during their earlier years. According to John Rogers, there are two writers whose literature can have a profound effect of a nerdy, bookish teenager’s life: J.R.R. Tolkien and Ayn Rand. The magnum opus of one of them is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other’s, of course, involves Elves, Orcs and Hobbits. Rand can be considered as a gateway drug to Nietzsche just as Lord of the Rings is the gateway drug to The Silmarillion. Of course, the majority who have read Rand do not bother to transition to Nietzsche for the same reasons the majority who have watched Jackson’s films do not bother to read the book, much less The Silmarillion: too boring and too demanding.