An Objectivist Individualist Charles R. The critical battle of our day is the conflict between the individual and the state.
I read Atlas Shrugged probably about a decade ago, and felt turned off by its promotion of selfishness as a moral ideal. I thought that was basically just being a jerk. Then I talked to a friend who told me Atlas Shrugged had changed his life. And the revelation that it was sometimes okay to consider your own happiness gave him the strength to stand up to them and turn his life around, while still keeping the basic human instinct of helping others when he wanted to and he felt they deserved it as, indeed, do Rand characters.
Recently the moderators themselves have become a bit embarrassed by it and instituted some rules intended to tone things down, leading to some of the most impressive Internet drama I have ever seen. A lot of them were raised in religious families where they would have been disowned if they had admitted to their atheism.
And no one was striking them down with lightning. No one was shouting them down. No one was doing much of anything at all.
I think it would work better on me too. But there is — previously unappreciated by me — a large population of people for whom really dumb offensive strawmannish memes are exactly what they need.
He said their modus operandi was to get people to take responsibility for the outcome of their actions. No one else is as hard on yourself as you are. You are your own worst critic. Landmark claims its members are biased against ever thinking ill of themselves, even when they deserve it.
And you know, both claims are probably spot on. There are definitely people who are too hard on themselves. Ozy Frantz has done an amazing job of getting me and many other people inclined towards skepticism about feminist and transgender issues, engaging with us, and gradually convincing us to be more respectful and aware through sheer kindness and willingness to engage people reasonably on every part of the political spectrum.
And instead of doing what I would do and telling the trolls to go to hell, Ozy freaked out and worried they was doing everything wrong and decided to delete everything they had ever written online.
I know Ozy is their own worst critic and if that therapy book was aimed at people like them, it was entirely correct to say what it said. They could probably use some Landmark. But I think I underestimated an important reason why some debates have to be bravery debates. Suppose there are two sides to an issue.
Be more or less selfish. Post more or less offensive atheist memes. Be more or less willing to blame and criticize yourself. There are some people who need to hear each side of the issue.
But in this case, it makes a really big deal what the majority actually is. Everyone is told their entire life that the only purpose of living is to work for other people. As a result, people are miserable and no one is allowed to enjoy themselves at all.The Voice of Reason Quotes (showing of 5) “But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions.
Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life.”. From The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought READ: WHY SHOULD ONE ACT ON PRINCIPLE () What principles are, why they are mistakenly viewed as impractical in morality, and how they can in fact provide uncompromising, rational guidance to individuals seeking life and happiness.
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Full Title: The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought Author(s): Ayn Rand, edited and with an introduction by Leonard Peikoff, and with additional essays by Leonard Peikoff and Peter Schwartz.
The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought As you will learn from this collection of essays, most written by Ayn Rand, her philosophy of Objectivism entailed that she was neither a “liberal” (see chs. 10 and 13) nor a “conservative” (chs. 8 and 14) nor a “Libertarian” (ch.
31)—but instead, an uncompromising advocate for reason and self-interest. Synopsis. Between , when she gave her first talk at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, and , when she gave the last talk of her life in New Orleans, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as varied as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of .