Having discussed integration in my previous post, a related concept Ayn Rand talks about is the package deal.Continue reading Package Deals
One of the key concepts Ayn Rand describes is integration.
The purpose of integration is to build a logical structure of ideas into a whole. This means being consistent. Consistency is like a solid barrier, that’s very difficult for attackers to penetrate.Continue reading Integration
Finally, the last of my short videos on The Objectivist Ethics is ready.
You’ll find it at the end of this post.
I wasn’t entirely happy with the music, as i don’t think it was the best fit for the essay, but it does the job, and i wanted to complete the video before year’s end.
By the way, happy new year to anyone that reads this—i hope you have a fine year ahead of you.Continue reading Ethics 4
The last month or so i’ve been working on things that have often been frustrating.
As i’m not as dynamic as many others, i haven’t found the time or energy to post here.
Although i largely finished the short video series of Ayn Rand’s The Objectivist Ethics (from The Virtue of Selfishness) last month, it took me some time to add mundane final touches and then to arrive at this point.
I’m not the brightest star in the sky.
Many others have far more knowledge than i do.
Had i been exposed to Ayn Rand’s philosophy when i was in my teens or 20s, and given i absorbed at least the main points, i’m fairly sure my life would have been completely different.
It’s definitely better to watch a larger YouTube version than the one here, though, which you can do by clicking the YouTube link in the control bar at the bottom of the screen below.
If a larger screen doesn’t open automatically, click the rectangle icon on the lower right that says “Theatre mode” when you hover over it.
This is a parody in the style of Ayn Rand by Brett Holverstott. As i have tremendous respect for Ayn Rand’s work, this is not meant to dismiss it, but i post the story because it’s both absurdly humourous—to those familiar with Ayn’s work—and unwittingly touches on themes related to both this blog and my book (Society VX).
I’ve changed the version i found slightly to correct minor errors (eg spelling), and to try to make the second-last paragraph clearer.
Ayn Rand answers the question which has plagued philosophers and the general public for centuries: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” She proposes that throughout the history of poultry, chickens have been offered two false alternatives: to either die as roadkill or submit to The Butcher. With ground-breaking symbolism paralleling Nietzsche’s Apollo vs. Dionysus, Rand argues that each alternative is a reciprocal manifestation of the same ideology—and proposes a third alternative consistent with her Objectivist philosophy of living on Earth.
As my first post here suggests, Society VX, my upcoming book, draws heavily on the work of Ayn Rand.
She wasn’t an academic, although could have been. But she probably didn’t see any benefit in becoming one, since she’d already made her own path and disagreed with much of what academia offered up (in the humanities).