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James M

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    I live with my girlfriend of 2 years in South Wales. Apart from intellectual pursuits I like cats, crunchy peanut butter and green tea.
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    I read a few of Rand's books in my late teens/early twenties. After a few years in the postmodern wilderness I'm returning to the study of Objectivism beginning with 'Philosophy: Who Needs It?"

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  1. James M

    White Supremacist Protest Violence

    What's the justification for keeping the monuments in question? If former communist and fascist countries can tear down monuments built during the rule of evil regimes then I don't see why the monuments in question can't be removed. Either that or have their values subverted, e.g. the Stalin Monument in Budapest. Why glorify a belligerent, treasonous, and slave-holding power? Commemorate the individuals who suffered under racial-collectivism instead.
  2. James M

    Hi there

    Thanks. The Tara Smith mp3 looks fantastic, I'll be buying it soon. I've read the Art of Living Consciously by Branden and found it a great help.
  3. James M

    Hi there

    I'll bump it to the top of my reading list based on your recommendation. I can certainly relate to that; rediscovering Objectivism has led me to question entrenched ideas.
  4. James M

    Hi there

    Thank you. I read it many years ago when I doubt that I fully appreciated it or Rand's other works. A mass re-read is in order!
  5. James M

    Hi there

    That's an excellent piece of advice, I'll keep it in mind. I agree. I was looking for a middle ground between the laxity of Epicureanism and the severity of Stoicism when I realised that I'd already come across a philosophy which fits the bill: Objectivism. Thanks for reminding me of the metaphysical/man-made distinction, it will help me move away from Stoic resignation. Thank you!
  6. James M

    Hi there

    Thanks. To answer your last question first, I was influenced by Rorty and his shoulder-shrugging relativism and disintegration which was bad psychologically,as you can imagine. Also by Epicurus, the Stoics and Buddhism, so I became stagnant because I wasn't achieving anything. As someone once commented, Epicurus's pleasures are more like that of a corpse than of a living person. This all stems from despondency at failing at something which was important to me and going on to working menial jobs. I agree with Rand that a purpose is essential to structure a person's life so I've been looking into a few things with a view to find a central purpose. So far becoming a psychologist is the prime candidate.
  7. James M

    Hi there

    I'm 28 and from the UK. I was into Objectivism years ago but drifted away for reasons I can't quite remember - probably not good ones! My interest has been rekindled because I'm looking into virtue ethics and because I'm struggling with finding a purpose in life, and Objectivism has interesting things to say on these issues. I'm examining the problems having a bad philosophy has had for me and how Oism could potentially help.