Objectivism Is The Everyman's Philosophy
In the universe, what you see is what you get,
figuring it out for yourself is the way to happiness,
and each person's independence is respected by all
Rand's Philosophy in Her Own Words
- "Metaphysics: Objective Reality" "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed/Wishing won’t make it so." "The universe exists independent of consciousness"
- "Epistemology: Reason" "You can’t eat your cake and have it, too." "Thinking is man’s only basic virtue"
- "Ethics: Self-interest" "Man is an end in himself." "Man must act for his own rational self-interest" "The purpose of morality is to teach you[...] to enjoy yourself and live"
- "Politics: Capitalism" "Give me liberty or give me death." "If life on earth is [a man's] purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being"
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Are we going to go to war with North Korea? The rhetoric on their side has always been bellicose, but it usually seemed to be more propaganda than anything worth taking seriously. Now that Trump is in charge, however, who is equally given to dramatic words, and who doesn't mind stirring the pot, and since North Korea is pushing the nuclear envelope to its breaking point... will this war of words escalate to an actual fight? If so, what would it look like? Would there be a nuclear exchange? Can South Korea survive? Would the war become more global in nature? Any thoughts about what might become the defining event of not only the Trump presidency, but perhaps our generation?
I am not new to these forums, but I wanted to protect my identity so I made a new account. (Although I haven't posted for years I don't think) Here's my problem: I have been dating a woman for a little more than two years now. I love her to death--she's attractive, smart, witty, comforting. . .basically, everything I could expect from a woman. Our sex life is good. We usually have sex about 3-4 times a week. However, I find myself fantasizing about and sometimes flirting with other women. I'm torn between wanting to be single and wanting to continue my relationship with my girlfriend. (And honestly, if you asked me, "What do YOU want? I'd say: BOTH!) We've discussed this problem together, and have decided to play our relationship "by ear." My girlfriend once had the expectation of us getting married, but now she says if we were to break up she'd be comfortable with us always staying best friends. A couple of months ago, we did break up, however we continued living together. The break-up lasted a week--with each of us completely ostracizing the other. No touches, no kisses, no casual sex, etc. (We were basically as closed to 'broke up' as one could while living with the other). She hated the break up and so did I. After a week and many tears, we got back together. Two months later, I feel I am in the same state of mind I was before the break up. Any suggestions or ideas as to what to do? I'm hoping for (male) responders who have had similar experiences (if you haven't been in a relationship, please don't theorize ). Are the feelings I'm having "normal?" Are there men out there in committed, marital relationships that have similar feelings? How do you handle them? How do you NOT flirt with other women, when flirting comes so naturally and easy? When a woman hits on you, how do you suppress any sexual urgers? Etc. Thanks a lot! Flankert. . .
I've been reading quite a bit about this and all the conflicting advice is confusing. It's hard to tell the difference between fiction and fact. Is there a certain way you can be to maximize your chances at ending up with the girl you like or not? If so, then what do you suggest? I want something similar to "pick up artist" advice coming from an O'ist perspective, I guess. I don't agree that all women are the same but I do believe that there are certain ways you can act that will increase or decrease your chances with a girl. For instance, I think we can all agree that being nice will increase your chances and being mean or boring will decrease your chances for most women. If your answer is be a man of self esteem and be masculine... I would ask you to try to describe how a masculine man of self esteem would be around a woman he was attracted to and what kinds of things would he say? Also would he approach any random girl he finds in the street that he thinks is physically attractive? If so, then how would he approach the girl? What would he say? Does what he say not even matter? Also, how can a man be sexy? If anybody can link me to a book, article, essay to read or a video to watch that would great.
Would it be fair to characterize Objectivist ethics as consequentialist in the sense that if one wants to live a flourishing life one ought to behave in a self interested way? Reason I ask is that I went to see Craig Biddle speak last night and he made a comment(which I have heard before) along the lines of "in Objectivism there are no thou shalts." This would seem to imply that one could choose a sort of bohemian lifestyle-live in a yurt, smoke pot, and play x-box- rather then live a heavily productive life and that it may be perfectly moral for some individuals to do so since there is no moral imperitive that you must live a flourishing life.. It seems like that what make objectivism subjective at the level of the ultimate choice to flourish as much as possible or only enough to sorta get by.