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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In researching Mormons I've learned that they don't believe in the Trinity. Rather, they believe that there are separate personages in Heaven, namely Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. According to Mormons, there are other entities in Heaven, but those four get the most attention. My question then: Does this make Mormonism a polytheistic religion? Or can it properly still be considered monotheistic? (As far as I can tell, Mormons deny the charge of polytheism.)
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Its good to be here. Though I haven't had much chance to look around, there seems to be quite a good amount of activity here... often a good sign. Anyhow, I am an actor and part-time writer (more on than off) living in the Twin Cities. I'm 31, and before I make this seem like some dating profile, know that I already found my Dagny (in intellect, accomplishment and purpose... Oh, and a knockout besides ), lol... well I'll be posting. Ciao RE$
I’ve created a forum for basic questions about philosophy/Objectivism. Moderators, please move topics to and from there as you deem necessary. Also, edit the thread titles if they are not clear. All questions there should be in the form of a question and be common questions about Objectivism –on a topic that is included in OPAR, for example. If you are not sure where something belongs, leave a link to the old location when you move a thread.
I am the Master Scowler, for even unbidden I scowl dismayingly -and indeed, when focused, with baneful disapprobation! I do not broadly advertise my real name over the internet, no offense. The nick originated with my wife, in a way. She was upset with me one day for being unfriendly at a family function, proclaiming, "You're always scowling at somebody." To which I replied: "I don't scowl all the time... I've been known to smirk on occasion." She was unamused, I find no end to it. Heh heh. I am an aspiring writer, having completed the second draft of my first novel, and presently working on the final. I am quite passionate about many creative mediums, and consider myself a musician, artist, actor and writer of mediocre-to-mildly-impressive talent. I intend to hone my mildly impressive writing skill to masterful level, however. Potential exists exclusive of present status. I began reading Rand only a year ago, having devoured The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, The Romantic Manifesto, and a number of her essays. I have also read a little on Dennett, Kant and Neitszche, and on myriad religious topics, including Mormonism, Islam and some little-known ideologies, such as Huna. While I do not consider myself a philosopher, a theologist, or a scholar of any sort, I am confident of my grasp on most of these topics. (After all, one need not know whether Aristotle put on his left or right sandal first to comprehend A = A, eh?) Per Rand's own wishes, I do not call myself an Objectivist. There are some items which I have not yet resolved to fit comfortably within a true Objectivist idiom (and it will trouble me little if I never do). I don't think any one philosoper, Miss Rand included, has professed The Truth, or otherwise penned the Great Big Book of Everything That is True. Rand made mistakes in her life; no doubt she professed some of them at some point. That said, I do subscribe to Rand more so than to any other philosopher, but since I cannot be an Objectivist, I often refer to myself as a rational/ethical egoist, which is to say that rational self-interest is my prime mover, with the understanding that sometimes the "right" or "proper" course of action is not always the smartest. I'm looking forward to teaching and learning here. I'd appreciate that nobody makes a fool me, and will endeavor not to make a fool of myself. (I suppose I should have introduced myself ere I butted heads with RadCap, but alas, it is my lot to make bad first impressions, as I have little interest in propriety, preferring in its stead the aforementioned ubiquitous, woeful scowl.)