Hence, pride, understood as moral ambitiousness, is one of her seven major virtues – as seen in the heroes of her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. How should people respond to their own moral wrongs and errors?
This talk explores Ayn Rand's views of moral perfection, ambition, and pride. Comparing Rand's answers to these questions to those of Aristotle, I show that despite some differences in each philosopher's conception of virtue, they share the compelling view that seeking moral perfection is crucially important to a person's life and happiness. Why not include philosophy of science, logic, philosophy of mind, and so on?
People seem to get more panicky and politicians more lusting after power when the economy is doing poorly. People who are well off don't cry out for a savior and accept whatever anyone tells them will make things better, because things are going pretty well.
If Galt probably could have gotten rich, liberalized the economies of the world, married Dagny, and sparked a moral revolution all without dismantling civilization, shouldn't he have?
Study is not a productive activity: it is preparation for future productivity.
In light of this, how can I draw any self-esteem from my studies, whether successful or not?
Galt could have gone into the other countries and demanded they liberalize their economies if they wanted him to electrify their countries.(4) Ayn Rand supported charity: she just thought it should be voluntary.(5) Ayn Rand's advocacy of reason and logic excludes any concern for emotions.(2) Ayn Rand was an elitist: she despised everyone except super-high achievers.(3) Ayn Rand's ethics tells people to do whatever the heck they feel like doing.I acknowledge the fact that the novels are great, but every time I see mention of Francisco's mocking smile or John Galt's mocking eyes or Hank Rearden's mocking laugh or John Galt's implacable voice or New York City's implacable skyline or Dagny Taggart's silent terror, I just want to pull my hair out.I find myself wanting to throw the book at the wall every time she uses those words!I understand that loving her novels is not a prerequisite for applying her philosophy, but I really desire to experience the joy that many other people feel while reading her work. Tags: Art, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Literature, Objectivism, Philosophy, Style, Values Question: Was John Galt evil, wrong, or a jerk for not commercializing his motor?In Atlas Shrugged, John Galt went on strike when the world seemed only a little worse off than today politically in America.My two books — Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame and Explore Atlas Shrugged — are available for purchase too. — Diana Brickell (Hsieh)Question: How can I efficiently evaluate potential romantic prospects? What kinds of qualities – moral and psychological – should I regard as particularly important, for better or worse?When introduced to a person – or out on a first or second date – it's often difficult to evaluate that person quickly and fairly as a potential romantic prospect. Tags: Communication, Dating, Ethics, Hobbies, Objectivism, Politics, Religion, Romance, Values Question: Can a person derive any self-esteem or happiness from university study?