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Jun 06, 2019 07:16:41

"Ayn Rand"

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Victoria Maung

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I've heard the description "Ayn Rand-ian" too many times now in my life to neglect its meaning. 

She scorns the existence of God and altruism. Her philosophy of objectivism (rational selfishness) is polarizing. To this day, she still appeals to certain segments of the population, given that she still sells books, like The Fountainhead. Her position states that there is an objective reality of facts. Perceiving it is through solely reason. Everyone operates in accordance to self-interest. The world is dog-eat-dog, zero-sum, maybe even Hobbesian. 

Objectivism is inherently positive, she argues. That respecting one another's freedom in a positive sum game that is a natural result of a society governed by rational and free-thinking men. Laissez faire capitalism is the status quo in a Rand-ian world. Is reason really absolute? Can self-interest as the highest moral code really result in ethical and harmonious actions?

I personally think not. In this age of emotional design, the pinnacle of which can be seen in, for example, advertising, radical empathy is touted in the business world. For me, it is easy to think contrarily to Rand's ideas because I believe that reason is subjective, rather than absolute. She assumes that all self-interested action leads to mutual agreement towards peace, but I think not. 

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    @vickenstein Interesting post!
    I haven't read anything by A Rand, but your post makes me curious... I must confess that from what you wrote I am closer to her take on the things... but I absolutely disagree with existance of any sort of objectivity, so... I supose i should dig a bit more :-)))

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jun 11, 2019 17:14:21
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      @lucjah Definitely dig more, and let us know your thoughts :) That's something I need to further explore as well!

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 12, 2019 04:33:14
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    @vickenstein I really like your writing and the quick descriptions you're able to create within minimal space! Considering both you'r writing and the philosopher at hand, do you have particular persons/authors you like to read?

    Alphaeus avatar Alphaeus | Jun 07, 2019 00:11:48
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      @alphaeus thanks for reading! I haven't read full books lately D: but I'm always listening to podcasts, like New York Time's The Daily, or any NPR podcast! I always discover historical figures as they become relevant with daily stories.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jun 07, 2019 06:53:03
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      @vickenstein Interesting. The practicality of coupling current news/articles/podcasts with historical figures.... I might try it out :)

      Alphaeus avatar Alphaeus | Jun 07, 2019 11:17:11
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