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A is not B last won the day on February 15 2015

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    Interested in dating. Female Objectivists are a rare breed. Where y'all hiding? Lol.
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    My name is Bryan Wirthlin and I am a truck driver for Prime Inc. Kind of a long and rather weird story about how I became a truck driver. Not enough room to talk about it here, but it involves a lot of previous time in the medical profession, hitch hiking, cross country cycling, backpacking, and the occasional hurricane and sandstorm. :-) I've always had an interest in all things medicine, biochemistry, health and wellness. So it only makes sense that I'm studying to be a personal trainer and and producing YouTube videos on how to be healthy and fit as a truck driver, addressing issues that are specific to truck drivers. It's not easy being a truck driver. It's lonely and isolating, it gives you way too much time to think, and it can be really difficult to juggle the very awkward schedule we have; trying to fit in a workout, and healthy cooking, and time to meditate, and time to do stretching, and read books, and clean... etc
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    Atlas Shrugged, Reading ITOE and Objectivism: the philosophy of Ayn Rand
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    PRIME Inc
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  1. This might be tangential, but the purpose of life, at least from a biological point of view, is to combat entropy. This is a achieved only by the CONSTANT input of energy and a constant expenditure of energy. In a fundamental way, to stop moving is to start dying. If a man must keep his mind in constant action I.e. use reason, does this principle not extend to his body? To keep his body in constant action as well as his mind, ON PRINCIPLE. Ya know what? Im doing it. The battle is on!
  2. Awesome! My work here is done. There's a special feeling a man gets when he thrusts The Sword of Reason up the to the hilt into the Heart of Evil... Bonus points for twisting the blade. :-D Enjoy your workouts. Don't overtrain.
  3. Strictly logical, Oh yes, my life will be instantly improved as a trainer. Being a truck driver kinda blows. No social life, hard to find a gf, crazy schedule, I earn lots of money but there's nothing to spend it on (maybe thats good lol). Mentally... WAY better. I'm climbing the walls in this goddamn truck :-). That being said, I drive 10 hours a day and its wicked boring, unless I reread (listen) to the Fountainhead for the fifth time (always enjoyable) so if anybody wants to chat about Objectivism, PM me. Seriously, I have a headset, so its legal and safe. Shameless self promotion over.
  4. Jon, that is an excellent post and those were the thoughts behind my quest for clarity. I DO have "reasons, beliefs, etc" for why I like training. In the end they all seem like really complicated ways of saying, "because I like it." Short version: Strength training seems to be the one activity I am drawn to that explicitly requires my favorite virtues. Honesty, integrity, goal directedness and integration. Another very short explanation is that of "Strength training as a Kinesthetic concretization of philosophy" I.e. Art. We often think of art as a visual or auditory concretization of c
  5. The reason that I ask these questions is because many times I will start progressing towards what I think is a worthy goal, only to find that I lose interest and fizzle out. I'd rather have a clear idea of what makes my goal "worth it"at the outset, than optimistically plod along. I want to be able to say, "I value THIS goal. This is WHY I value it. And this is how it fits together with the rest of the other values I have. And THIS is how it connects to the overall vision I have for my finite life. There are many things I cannot control, but getting clear IS something I can control. Being
  6. I'm in Bradenton when I'm not in the truck, if there are any other Florida objectivists.
  7. I find myself reflecting on my values and motives and I am discovering that many of my actions and interests don't have any explaination beyond "because I enjoy it." My interest in strength training for example. I'm not doing it for health, or vanity, or money. I train simply because I enjoy seeing myself grow stronger week by week. I have entertained the idea of changing careers to health and fitness, but the idea isn't solid in my mind. At this point the only explanation for training is "because I like it." Is "because I like it" a valid reason to act if I can't explain clearly WHY I l
  8. I love audio books. I'm going through two lectures of Leonard Peikoff's at the moment and relistening to the fountainhead for the second time. I can't seem to find introduction to Objectivist epistemology in audio format. However, Peikoff's OPAR+ Intro to Logic+ Art of Thinking seems to make reference to it enough to probably be a good grounding in it.
  9. Lately I've been studying Objectivist epistemology more than any sane man should :-) (6 hours a day is a LONG time to stare at a glass jar and differentiate it from a cotton pouch and identify the.similarities and integrate it within the broader concept "container") I want to present something to you guys and see if I understand the concept formation and integration. Starting with sense perception-- I've visually see three shapes ( which later will be two pouches and a glass jar) and I touch the 3 shapes and sense their heft and texture. And I can see visually what their function is, to
  10. I'm sorry, I never meant to suggest that Objectivism wasn't sparking and satisfying my curiosity. On the contrary, Objectivism has given me endless subjects to consider and I would personally say that my life was instantly improved the moment I wrapped my brain around Rand's metaphysics. I reading the OPAR now and listening to Peikoff's Introduction to Logic. The nature of my questions is meant to convey my lack of understanding. I suppose my focus at this point in my life is "what to build and how to build it?" Rand's metaphysics and (what I understand of her) epistemology have "cured" me
  11. It has occurred to me that although my ego is more self sufficient than most, I still can not honestly say that I'm not motivated by others. I'm at a point where I am reflecting upon my goals and motivations and discarding those that no longer mean anything to me as well as setting goals that are more in line with what I want. Then the question hits me: What do I want? I have found a surprising amount of my goals to be motivated by a desire to be "thought" great, rather than actually do anything great. For example, when at the gym I can always lift heavier when watched by others. When alon
  12. Bump. Seriously, nobody is going to touch what 2046 wrote? Objectivism led me to AnarchoCapitalism too. In fact, until I read On The Nature of Government in Ayn Rand's Virtue of Selfishness, I too thought Rand was promoting a rational Anarchy. That's been one of the things I can't wrap my head around; why Rand considered a government necessary? Except when she explicitly states her approval of some type of government, I'd have bet money that her Epistemology and Ethics were leading up to a renouncing of that secular religion known as The State; with the same argument and for the same rea
  13. Also, THIS is my last post from my tablet. Posts from my tablet appear to be spam free. Future posts will be from my cell. Please inform me if future posts contain spam.
  14. This is very interesting to me. I'm one of those new drivers you speak of, been driving for 2 years. I've recently switched from Company driver to independent contractor with PRIME. I like PRME. A lot actually, but I've often wondered what the advantages might be if I buy my own truck and work with a company like Landstar. And yes. Atlas Shrugged is near and dear to my heart for its emphasis on transportation. My favorite character is the truck driver in Galt's Gulch who did not intend to remain as one.
  15. thank you for the welcomes. I didn't mean to imply that OPAR (or Objectivism for that matter) is 'merely' a "bashing of non objectivists." I was speaking about its "presentation." I grant you that Objectivism has a major task in front of it, namely dispelling an incredible amount of bullshit (Zen, Judeo/Christian/Islam, spiritual virtues derived from Quantum Mechanics ETC,) but nobody likes "That Guy" who sits in a corner and rants all day about why the world and it's philosophy sucks. So I'm simply saying I would to see what Objectivism can "build" as opposed to what it can tear down. Its
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