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  1. This conversation reminds me of a book I read, I'm okay, You're Okay by Thomas Harris (not the horror writer...). What he said is that there are three parts of the brain, the parent, the child and the adult. The parent is things you heard from you're parents at a young age. The child is emotions, also from a young age. The adult is rational, and its job is to sort out truth from falshood from the child and parent. It also collects new information and integrates it. The adult frame of mind is rational. Many people never use the adult portion and simply run off of the other two areas. Those people are irrational. He said that it is possible to change how you think, but it requires constant effort at first. I agree with his ideas. While the irrational don't necessarily "choose" their values, they simply never grow up, and never improve. I suppose it can be said that they make their choice to be irrational by not making the choice to change...
  2. I am waiting for god to release a movie. Really. He released a book! Its about time he put something else out here to force us into worship. I wonder if the movie would be better than the book.
  3. I'm not sure that Fransisco and Dagny make the best couple, Fransisco seemed more interested than Dagny, but I liked reading about their romance best. It was so youthful! It kind of reminds me of one of my own...
  4. I am wondering what type of careers my fellow Objectivists pursue. I have two basic questions: 1. What is your current job? 2. What is it your goal to become? (if not the answer to #1). My answers: 1. I work in a local pharmacy (which is a pretty good job for someone my age ) I have a lot of duties, my favorite of which is processing and refilling perscriptions;. 2. I want to become a mechanical engineer.
  5. BoldStandard: I wasn't sure if it was relevant to his situation, thats why I said "I'm not sure if this is relevant to your situation" in the beginning. I suppose what I was trying to say is that most peoples friends have shortcomings, but it is best to focus on their positive traits. So long as the positive outweigh the negative, the relationship is fine. If not, well, that is why people stop being friends.
  6. There was an article on abortion from ARI in my local paper a couple of weeks ago! Its nice to see them getting the word out.
  7. LazloWalrus: I don't have my copy of AS on me right now, but I'm pretty sure it was in there. Its most likely in the chapter where Fransisco talks about sex. Actually, thats what that whole speech was about, now that I come to think of it...
  8. I'm not sure if this is relevant to your situation, but I remember ayn rand saying something to the extent of "love people for their virtues, not their vices." try not to think about your friends' problems, but focus on what is good about them. After I got into Objectivism, people really started to bug me, it seemed like everybody was a mindless sheep. After awhile, I learned to just not care if people don't live up to my standards, and only associate with people in situations where they could.
  9. My dad got me a book called 60 Hikes 60 Miles, my goals to do all of 'em.
  10. kufa

    Classical Music

    I don't listen to much classical, but there was this song that came with my mp3 player that I really like. Its called "the saint" and its by Dr. SK chew. Its kind of classical meets modern. Has anybody else heard of him? I can't find his music anywhere! Only that one song.
  11. Oh wow! I completely agree with this! Why stop at JK rowling? ho says Bill Gates actually did make his own fortune? Couldn't it just be Earl Warren inventing a new man so he could get even more money?
  12. Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. I am with moose. So far all of the arguments I have seen against causual sex make absolutely no sense. So, how is causual sex an evasion of reality? If casual sex is so immoral, then isn't masturbation too? If, while masturbating, a man is pretending to be with his ideal woman, isn't this evasion of reality? Usually, when people masturbate, they are not doing it for emotional, but for physical reasons. Usually when people have causal sex, they are doing it for physical reasons. If a partner can give a person more pleasure, not necessarily "oh im sleeping with a hottie" pleasure, but physical pleasure, I don't see how it is any different than masturbation.
  13. Okay, so back to the main topic... Assuming masturbation is not wrong, and sex is just as good, if not better, how is sex with no emotional attraction immoral, whereas masturbation isn't?
  14. Something I really don't understand: -to most objectivists, masturbating is not immoral -to most objectivists, using someone for sex is immoral My viewpoint: Using someone for sex is not immoral so long as both know about it. Using someone for sex is a lot like masturbation.
  15. They told my grandfather, her in san diego, that he had to either get landscaping or put up a fence around his property(sand mines) because it was "unsightly."
  16. Our teacher is really inconsistent. One minute he will say something, the next he contridicts it. But he does give us time to "collaborate" during class. Meaning he lets us ask eachother the answers to questions we don't know the answers to. I think he would think its alright because he is fine with kids who don't read and only look for answers.
  17. david odden: I do not think the world owes me anything. I should have specified a little more. Basically what we are doing is both reading all of the chapters but splitting finding the answers. We are still "learning" the same amount of material, just without doing all of the work. And as to dropping the class, the AP class actually has less work than the regular (which makes no sense). Blinky: In most knowledge based classes (math, science, spanish) I have lower grades than the stupid kids. My problem is that I get the highest test grades but seldom remember the homework.
  18. kufa


    A friend and I got into a similar argument on live journal. Here is my response as to why selflessness sucks: Looking back, its probably not the best arguement, but I won.
  19. I discovered Rand this summerwhen I worked at the family buisness as a secretary/receptionist. I was sitting around with nothing to do (there was literally nothing to do most of the time) and my boss goes, "Heres a book. You should read it." I really didn't want to read it because my boss was kinda crazy. I would read it only when he was in the office, and read a different book when he was gone. After the first hundred pages, I read it non-stop. I read it probably six or more hours a day. After I finished, I bought fountainhead, and just didn't stop reading her books.
  20. I am currently enrolled at a public high school. A friend and I are considering pooling our efforts in our history (AP!)class. The class basically consists of our teacher lecturing, giving us a study guide with all of the questions that will be on the test, and the tests themselves. Would it be immoral for each of us to do half of the work in the packet and copy the rest, if so, why? Note that niether of us are planning to use history in our careers, or in any other way.
  21. I just went to blockbuster online and rented the new one! Thanks!
  22. Commie joke: What is the communist view on freedom? You can't truly be free until you lose everything!
  23. Heres a list I have on the wall in my room :]: The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me. The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live. Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I." Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. What is a demanding pleasure that demands the use of ones mind! Not in the sense of problem solving, but in the sense of exercising discrimination, judgment, awareness. I guard my treasures: my thought, my will, my freedom. And the greatest of these is freedom. I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That’s what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul - would you understand why that is much harder?" And that’s the sin that can’t be forgiven - that I hadn’t done what I wanted. It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous, as one feels about insanity, because there’s no sense to to it, no dignity, nothing but pain. I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the halfway, the almost, the in-between. Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. -- Albert Einstein There are all these ideals about what is perfect and what is beautiful and what is smart, but the most appealing thing is, that which is me is nobody else." -Jennifer Lopez "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away." -Henry David Thoreau "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Harold Whitman When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun." - Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh "And what good is it? To see something wondrous, and have no idea what it is you saw?" -A traveler, Earthfall by Orson Scott Card "Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books. But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear." - Children of the Mind, by Orson Scott Card "Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself." - Mary Schmich
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