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  1. I think we can better motivate ourselves to take interest in thinking abstractly about morality by understanding, on a much more intuitive, concrete level how it relates to sense of life. I think I've been able to do this and consequently have taken much greater interest in morality and introspection. I'll give a simple example. Last week, while rushing to a meeting, I reversed into a blind-spot pole in a high-rise parking lot. I'm going to tell you that had I moved out of home at age eighteen (instead of 26) I would likely have not reversed into that pole. Hear me out. Every moment y
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  2. So, if you like your politics, you can keep your politics. I’m not trying to take it away from you. I’m just saying that I wish good people wouldn’t pour their time and energy down that particular drain—I don’t think it benefits them. Why I Stopped Spending My Time on Politics… And Why I Think You Should Too Discuss.
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  3. I think you're right: everyday decisions have a cumulative long term effect on each person's personality. But, I think it's identifying the waves without acknowledging the current (or the current without acknowledging the moon?). There are certain personality traits which are less obvious or perhaps more difficult to change later on (if ever), ie. "the current," which will influence everything about those later everyday decisions, and a person's willingness and ability to change the effects of those decisions, ie. "the waves." You can see this in families with multiple children (for example)
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  4. I agree with the article. I literally just read that article before logging on here. Focusing on politics and who to vote for to me is a gross mis-allocations of one's time and effort. You are better off focusing on your interests. I plan to donate to people spreading good ideas like reason and self-interest. Democracy is a farce. It's a show. Your vote is nearly worthless. If you do vote, you should vote for the person you actually want in, not the party you think 'has a chance' of winning. Your vote doesn't matter anyway. People actually have the fantastic delusion that their vote ha
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  5. Is this "inability" a bad thing? How would things be different if we could "factor out the process of observation"? What would this change?
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  6. It is immoral to initiate force for the reason given in the Ayn Rand quotes given earlier. If you want to act like an uncivilized aggressor who decides to deal in threats, force, fraud, etc., then any rational man has the option of treating you in kind -- i.e. we would thereby gain the choice of your premises and can use force to restrain you. So, from the purely egoistic stance, do you want to trade value for value in economic exchange, or do you want to be treated as a brute who, by right, could be forced to do anything by your own premises? It is not altruism that is at work in Rand's fo
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