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  1. Going to an Ex's Funeral

    What would be the benifit to the children?
  2. Should a woman who is married attend the funeral of the ex. The context. The divorce was due to disrespect and verbal abuse. After several years the ex was forgiven and the ex was amicable and not the same as they used to be. I say that this is disrespectful to the current spouse. Here is something that was said to me that I am arguing against. The point of a funeral is to pay respect to the person that passed and to honor their life. This is because they had child with that person and that is meaningful. My question is who is this benefiting. If it is benefiting the spouse that is attending the funeral in what way are they benefiting that is not in the face of their current spouse? Also does not to “pay respect to someone” assume that the respect is owed to them? If the divorce was due to disrespect what is owed to the deceased? As far as compassion goes what about simply being compassionate to the person that decided to marry you and respect you and treat you very well and not go to the funeral of your ex? What are your thoughts?
  3. How does an Objectivst look at land ownership? With the debate of Indians and native land owners. What gives a person the right to any specific land? Di they have a right to land by virtue of simply existing on it first or is there another principle involved?
  4. Marriage, Fantasy, and Lies

    Thanks for the reply, what I am wondering though is about the morality of the issue. Tara Smith says, "...a value is the which advances a persons objective well being and because only that which exists can carry positive effects on a person's well being. Only that which is real can be valuable to a person". (Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics: The VIrtous Egoist) How would this act affect my objective well being? Does it hinder the advancement of an objective well being?
  5. Marriage, Fantasy, and Lies

    Ok, so would it be immoral for someone to have thoughts of another woman while having sex with ones spouse? To me the answer would be yes on grounds that one would be commiting fraud against ones partner and oneslef in a sense. If I was thinking only about another person while having sex with my wife yet not discosing this with her and leaving the pretense that I was thinking of her then this would be a lie. I would be lying to myself first of all because I am faking the reality that I am with another woman and not my wife and I would be lying to my spouse secondly by making her believe that I am exclusively thinking of her. This seems like this would go against the objectivist value of honesty since I would be faking reality in a sense in order to maintin a proper value of sexual fulfillmet with a partner in whom I am suposed to be in love with. What do you all think about this? I have tried to search podcasts from Leonard Peikoff and have done some searching through some Objectivist books but I can only come up with an answer that I think in principle addresses this question.
  6. The Law of Identity and God

    I don't understand. The claim for a theist would be the God is one out of many. Why would him being something distinct from everything else make him not God? Also, how do you justify the claim that God can't be defined? Wouldn't it be more accurate to say you simply don't know how he can be defined instead of the assertion that He can't be defined?
  7. Does the Law of Identity contradict the existence of God?
  8. Does anyone know where I could find a good study guide for ITOE?
  9. The Rational Diet?

    I figured it would be as easy as sticking to a primarily fruit and vegetable (raw as possible) with the no more than 2 servings of meat if necessary. This has been the latest medically popular trend anyway.
  10. The Rational Diet?

    Since Objectivist use life as the standard of value shouldn't what we eat reflect that life is indeed the standard of value (or ultimate value)? Can there be such a thing as a rational diet? Wouldn't the rational diet be eating only those things that promote Loire and rejecting the things things that cause death?
  11. Another Ron Paul topic

    *** Mod's note: merged with an existing topic. - sN *** Why don't Objectivists like Ron Paul?
  12. Forgiveness for Crime

    I don't understand the justice restored part. I wouldn't be able to undo the past. What part of reality is restored.
  13. Forgiveness for Crime

    Let's say that I have been a bank robber for several years and have never been caught. Someone loaned me a book on "The Virtue of Selfishness" and I noticed that what I was doing has been immoral this whole time. What should I do? Do I turn myself in? Do I forgive myself for that action and start living a productive life? Should I try to give tha money back? What should I do?
  14. Can you evaluate my arguement?

    Thank you! All of these comments and suggestions have been extremely helpful.
  15. Can you evaluate my arguement?

    I have a brother in law who loves doing drugs. He currently is 31 years old (jobless), married (she makes the money in the house), has a 2 year old, and they both live with his parents because they cannot afford to get a house. His family wants him to stop doing drugs because they think,for religious purposes, that that is immoral. He argues that there is nothing immoral about doing drugs. They go in circles about this and get nowhere. He says that drugs allow him to enjoy life and make thinking about life easier. I have an argument that I would like to be analyzed for its cogency that I think addresses the real issue at hand. 1. He must be honest (accept reality as a fact) 2. He must be productive (we need to create to survive) 3. By simply "enjoying life" at the exclusion of being productive one is not being honest about reality. Reality dictates that we must be productive first in order to enjoy life" To reverse the order is to evade reality by suggesting that they efect (enjoying life) is possible before the cause (being productive). 4. By living off of the income of parents, in their house, and using the money that his wife gives him on drugs to enjoy life he is not being honest (evading reality) and not being productive ("translating thought into physical form" Tara Smith) Thanks