Master Black Belt
- Dec 10, 2008
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So, I read Atlas Shrugged a very long time ago. I recently reread it, and I still dont get that people actually take this clearly dysfunctional ***** so seriously.
I mean, I get it-libertarianism, laissez faire capitalism, self-determination. Sure.
But a complete rejection of altruism? Just for starters, how do all those conservative, tea-partiers who happen to be fundamentalist Christians reconcile Rands objectivism with the teachings of Jesus?
Because, from where Im sitting, you cant.
Rand condemns the giving or receiving of gifts.Altruism-the giving or receiving of that which she sees as undeserved is condemned as immoral.
(Unless, of course, it was-rather famously-for her own medical care. )
She saw anything that required a person to live for something other than themselves as immoral.
Of course, Rand was an atheist, so she knew that her objectivism was incompatible with Jesus, and didnt care too much, but what about all those tea partiers? What about Sarah pray for protection from witchcraft Palin? :lol:
And, Jesus aside, I dont think that many of her ideas about human nature match the scientific and historical evidence. I mean, Im guessing she was a selfish *****, and needed to philosophize a justification for that selfishness. Didnt work too well, though-while she probably tried to exercise a hyper-rational, objectivist control over her own life, the results speak for themselves: pointless extramarital affairs, a broken political movement, estrangement from friends, financial ruin, and poor health.
I can understand her being anti-Communist, but I think she took her glorification of capitalism and individuality a little too far. The truly "heroic man" is one who gives, rather than one who seeks only his own happiness and self-actualization-he seeks to aid his fellow man in attaining what he has.
(And, hey, all you Rand fans, you do know, dontcha, that her writing kinda sucked? :lol
I have not read the book, I enjoy reading sci fi and fantasy and horror.. I keep thinking I need to read it though to see what the hub bub is about..
but I dont see the problem with what you are saying meshing with Christian values, or conservative values etc... seems a reach..
I mean Obama claims to pray, and believe in god.. I know alot of athiest Liberals who that should turn off so much they shouldnt vote for or support him... how does that reconcile?
I get you just want to pick a fight with the conservatives, or be sarcastic, or have fun with it... but it seems a stretch to me.. /shrug