I Consider Ayn Rand

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    Sick Individual

    "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." She believed that altruism (being good to other people...
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton
    41-45, M
    15 Responses Jun 11, 2007

    In one of Rand's book is a saying- we must

    always reach the best within us. What do you think that means and how does this affect your daily life/ philosophy?
    riderbike90 riderbike90
    22-25, F
    Nov 5, 2014

    Somebody Stop Me.....

    The question isn't "who is going to let me"; it's "who is going to stop me?" ~Ayn Rand~
    expressomarkie expressomarkie
    Apr 13, 2013

    Really, Not Much Of A Philosopher

    I don’t believe Rand, or most objectivists I’ve read, understand Plato, Kant or philosophy as a discipline well enough to refute anyone. I think most of Plato’s views are nonsense, and deny the validity of any notion such as ‘the thing in itself’. I have no hostility...
    Anatola Anatola
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 1, 2011

    For the Love of Money

    Once upon a time I was in a van with this cerebro-deviated counselor who was too ditzy to think of anything happening outside of her immediate world. She ended a conversation with the classic "...Well you know what they say, money is the root of all evil." I wish I...
    dedre dedre
    31-35, M
    1 Response May 31, 2008

    Ayn Rand Most Powerful Mind And Karma Yogi

    I consider Ayn Rand and her work as most powerful individuality... N absolute work.. But people in general don't see the point what she said n what is the real thought behind what is being said... Her work is not just a story, but the philosophy.. N it's hard for the people of...
    deleted deleted
    Nov 13, 2012

    A Very Inspired Woman

    I agree wholeheartedly with the cores of objectivism. Humans are obligated to make something of themselves; what else can they live for? I believe in a less strict form of these ideals -- one where some tolerance of incompetence exists. But still, I find Ms. Rand a very...
    OpheliacInsomnia OpheliacInsomnia
    13-15, F
    Jan 24, 2010

    Love and Sex, the Response to the Woman Chaser

    When I was in the military and discovered an Ayn Rand book leftover in a bathroom stall in the ship I was stationed in; it gave me such comfort to find a story that had ideals and feelings so similar to mine, and to see it put into words. One part that caught my breath was an...
    dedre dedre
    31-35, M
    1 Response May 31, 2008

    My objectivist-based Credo

    Man, being born unto this world, does so alone. As such, he should be an end unto himself. He is alive in every sense of the word. In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values; in order to define...
    dedre dedre
    31-35, M
    4 Responses Jun 1, 2008

    Nothing Is Absolute...then Why Should Worry Be Absolute?

    Some of my most peaceful moments dawn over me when I realize that nothing in life is as important as we think of it to be. Everything has a relative importance. Nothing is absolute. You think that you need a great salary package to be happy, but that’s not true. You think that...
    Nishitaa Nishitaa
    26-30, F
    Apr 25, 2012

    Epic Fail

    Her novels are terrible, and no one but teenageers and sociopaths takes her so-called philosophy seriously.  I've read everything published in her lifetime; all I can say is sorry-*** FAIL!  Go read some Marcus Aurelius for at least a clue.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 29, 2009

    Who Is John Galt

    He is the one all the politically correct morons are trying to kill.  He, like me would work at a job that paid much less than his ability mandated rather than suck up to a bunch of ********.  I first read Ayn Rands books in 1970.  Since then I have read them at...
    levin60kitty levin60kitty
    2 Responses Dec 16, 2008

    What To Do??

    isnt the will to do something the most difficult thing to acquire? they say god help those who help themselves but what if you want instantaneous help and you dont have the time or the will to make that effort to change your situation? people tell lonely people to go out and make...
    Nishitaa Nishitaa
    26-30, F
    Oct 4, 2011

    i consider her totally over rated

    Look, let's face it, she was not a good writer -- hell, she was the Dan Brown of her day... writing facile novels with no characterization, poor dialogue, no sense of "place" and bizarrely silly plots. I will credit her with a nicely developed sense of outrage over the...
    SaratogaGirl SaratogaGirl
    26-30, F
    11 Responses Nov 11, 2009

    A Rebuttal

    And how on earth do you think? No government suppresses population... don't be silly... Government only has the power to punish criminals, law abiding citizens are not in the interest of government. Government power requires crime it needs it. Food for the great monster. It needs...
    TheDaken TheDaken
    31-35, M
    Jun 12, 2013

    From the Austin Chronicle and a 1964 Playboy article with Rand

    "In 1964 Rand told Playboy that Hitler and Stalin's shared problem was that they "lacked self-esteem" and that people who place family and friends above work are immoral." - Austin Chronicle PLAYBOY: Weren't Hitler and Stalin, to name two tyrants, in...
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton
    41-45, M
    9 Responses Feb 21, 2009

    A Moral Pioneer

    Since few here have commented favorably about Ayn Rand, I thought it my duty to state my favorable opinion of her philosophy. The purpose of philosopy is or should be to make your life better. I challenge anyone to tell me how you could do that with Plato, Kant, Marx, et al...
    jthitt jthitt
    56-60, M
    May 31, 2011
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