Welcome to Objectivism Online Forum
Welcome to Objectivism Online! You'll find discussions about everything from monetary theory, relationship advice, and music tastes, to the origin of the universe, honesty toward children, and modern religious culture -- all with a keen eye toward Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. SIGN UP via email, Facebook, or Twitter to get full access to the site, and feel free to introduce yourself!

    Question on Value and Ultimate Value

    By VWA,

    Reading up on Objectivism Ethics, at the moment it seems to me Rand arbitrarily designates Life as the Ultimate Value/End Goal.

    If I understand correctly, her reasoning seems to be that since every choice a person makes ultimately makes a difference in whether or not he lives or dies, those objectives/goals/states that are pro-life are then Values he should pursue.

    But by the same reasoning, I can argue that every choice a person makes ultimately makes a difference in how many lambs he can sacrifice to his favorite deity within the next month; those objectives that increase the amount he can sacrifice are then Values he should pursue.

    It makes sense that once an Ultimate Value is selected, all other lesser Values can be objectively defined based on the standard of whether they will contribute to achieving the Ultimate Value.

    But how do you objectively choose what goal should be the Ultimate Value?

    That choice at the moment looks completely subjective from where I am standing.

    • 59 replies

Portal by DevFuse · Based on IP.Board Portal by IPS
  • tumblr

    — Objectivism Online Tumblr —


    Cai Guo-Qiang Lights a 500-Meter Firework Ladder Towards the Heavens                                

    “Sky Ladder” is dedicated to the artist’s 100-year old grandmother.                                                                       

    It had always been a childhood dream of artist Cai Guo-Qiang‘s to see a display of this magnitude take place. “Sky Ladder,” an art exhibition consisting of a 500-meter long fireworks system attached to a white balloon with 6,200 cubic meters of helium, lit up the sky in the small fishing village of Huiyu Island Harbour in Quanzhou, China. Cai dedicated the display to his grandmother, and claims “is tender, and touches my heart deeply: it carries affection for my hometown, my relatives and my friends.” Cai further remarks that the ladder carries hope as it rises toward the morning sun, rather than his precious attempts which took place at dusk. “For me, this not only means a return but also the start of a new journey.”  via: hypebeast