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  1. I was arguing with someone about the nature of rights, and I said that rights come from reason and can be proved. The response was that certain foundations for proving rights are arbitrary. For example, someone can arbitrarily produce a reason why we have a right to ice cream. Furthermore, they said that we can only prove we need two things to survive: food and water. Every other right, such as freedom of speech or religion, is arbitrary and that we as a collective only have them because we agreed that life wouldn't be enjoyable if all we did was collect the basic necessities for survival
  2. Has anyone seen the 1963 Japanese film "High and Low" directed by Akira Kurosawa? Without giving away any spoilers, the story centers around an industrialist named Gondo who strives to rise to the top of a big shoe company in order to sell his own innovative product; however, he soon becomes the target of a kidnapping and has to deal with the ethical dilemma of sacrificing his own money. Gondo seems to have some objectivist qualities and is very proud of his work. The film also centers around a police organization trying to track down the kidnapper, as it is also a thrilling detective story, w
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