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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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.
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It is my understanding that one's own life is presented as the objective standard of value by Ayn Rand. Would it be Objective to also consider one's posterity and legacy as Objective Values? Perhaps, one would be willing to give up their own life in exchange for their genetic code passing on, or an immortalization of their work to live on for years beyond what their own life would have been?
Good News! The inimitable Robin Field has signed on to perform for us on the 2008 QCFA Arts Cruise. We are very much honored. Many of our attendees have already had the good fortune of experiencing a Robin Field performance, but even those may be unaware of some of Robin's impressive accomplishments and the wide range of his performing career: ROBIN FIELD is an award-winning entertainer whose career has spanned six decades. As a singer-pianist his appearances have taken him from cabarets to Carnegie Hall. As an actor he won leading roles Off-Broadway in Your Own Thing, Look Me Up, Speed Gets the Poppys and the revival of Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms. As a member of The Klowns, Field toured with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, recorded for RCA Victor and starred in an ABC-TV special with Sammy Davis and Jerry Lewis. In 1972 Dom De Luise presented him as his "discovery" on "The Merv Griffin Show." As a composer-lyricist Field toured the U.S. and Canada in his own one-man show Reason in Rhyme, based on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, and he wrote, directed and starred in seven editions of Broadway - A Hundred Years Ago. For five years he served as creator and host of the New York radio series "Broadway Time Capsule" and for two years as editor and publisher of Revival, a magazine on theatrical history. He and his singing partner Bill Daugherty won rave reviews throughout the U.S. as well as in London and Amsterdam, won four MAC awards for "Best Musical-Comedy Team," and their show Daugherty & Field Off-Broadway was nominated for a New York Outer Critics' Circle Award as "Best Musical Revue." In 1992 they headlined at Carnegie Hall to a sell-out crowd and a standing ovation. In regional productions Field played Axel in Don't Drink the Water, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Judge Wargrave in Ten Little Indians and Mark Twain in Mark Twain in Concert. He also wrote, composed and directed the musicals Blossoms of Big Bear, The Bronze Ring, The Singing Mountains, The Crystal Palace and Tom Sawyer, and he is currently writing a musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Robin joins an already impressive group of contributors including: Bryan Larsen, Dr Dianne Durante, Stephen Siek, Thomas Shoebotham, Alan August, David Berry and Joel Marquez. The cruise will also feature a live performance of Maurice Maeterlinck's "Monna Vanna" considered by Ayn Rand to be "...one of the greatest plays in all world literature." We're very much looking forward to an outstanding, rejuvenative, educational and refreshing Arts Cruise for all! We sail on January 6, 2008 from Galveston, Texas. Don't miss this opportunity; there are only a few cabins remaining. Please feel free to call Linda Cordair at (866) 267-3247 toll-free if you have any questions or requests. You can also e-mail us at [email protected]