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  1. Many times I have overestimated people, which is caused by the way I view their characters. I see a few good premises and values in a person who I don't know too well, and then I end up projecting the rest of their character. I usually fill in the gaps with my own premises and values because I assume that if they have a few good fundamentals then they should be consistent. However, as much as I am right about someone, I'm usually just as wrong about them. Once I get to know them better, I begin to see the discrepancies between the way I've viewed them and the way they actually are. Unfortunate
  2. I wasn't raised on religion, but I'm from the bible belt and have been around Christians my entire life. I remember having the impression that Jesus is portrayed as a man of great self-esteem. I know this has to be a contradiction because no one with a great deal of self-esteem would ever sacrifice his life for those he considered "sinners." I assume Jesus had very little self-esteem, but is portrayed as the opposite in order to get people to buy into Christianity. I have only read snippets of the bible, and therefore, I'm not that familiar with it. I would appreciate it if people who are more
  3. John Kerry meets with the Queen of England. He asks her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?” “Well,” says the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.” Kerry frowns. “But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?” The Queen takes a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.” The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?” Tony Blair walks into the room. “Yes, my Queen?” The Queen smiles. “An
  4. I watched the first presidential debate last night, Sept. 30th. A transcript of the debate is available at: http://www.debates.org/pages/trans2004a.html Here are a few observations I've made about the pros and cons of each candidate: Kerry: Con: Kerry continually talked about needing strong alliances in winning the war on terrorism and regaining credibility for America. This is certainly not true. America has enough military strength to take out perhaps the entire Middle East (save for Israel). However, we'd really only need to flatten Tehran, Iran and some other parts of Iran. Conseq
  5. I received the following in a Forwarded e-mail, which can be summed up as the altruist approach to ethics: > Subject: The Brick > > > The Brick!!! Read It. Read this today and don't delete it if you > are > too busy!! You'll see. > > THE BRICK > > A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood > > street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching > > for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down > > when he thought he saw something.
  6. I don't want to take the time to read all the other posts in this thread. So, I don't know if any of this has been said or not. In most cases, there are a few exceptions, I don't find it very difficult to discern whether a person is gay or not. Gay women usually have slightly more masculine facial features than heterosexual women and their voice is slightly more masculine as well. I think this is due to an increased level of testosterone. Gay men usually have more feminine mannerisms and usually have a more feminine quality to their voice than do straight men. I think this is due to an increas
  7. sleepyop

    Highest Value

    In Galt's Speech, AR writes, "No value is higher than self-esteem," which, I think is true. You can't live without self-esteem. It's impossible to do so. Yet, when I've heard Objectivists talk about their highest value, they usually say it's their kids or their career. I believe AR was even asked what her "top most value" was and she replied that it was her husband. (This was in an interview with either Tom Snyder or Phil Donahue. I don't exactly remember.) This confuses me a bit. When Objectivists talk about their highest value, do they mean in the context of optional values?
  8. Yeah, when I was in Kindergarten, they didn't let us keep our own damn crayons, glue or scissors!
  9. Amy and Leonard Peikoff once gave a commentary together on the movie Chocolat. It used to be available on DVD from the ARB, but now it seems to have disappeared from their catalog.
  10. I once had to pee in a compost toilet at Mercer Arboretum. It has absolutely no water! It stunk!
  11. Yes, I think Bush is more of an M1 as well, which is still dangerous in itself. To me, it seems that if Bush were an M2, he wouldn't be as pragmatic as he is. I've never actually read the Bible, but I've heard that it states that Christianity is the only "true" religion. So , if Bush were really an M2, then he would be able to identify Islamic Fundamentalism as our real enemy instead of terrorism. However, the only real grounds I have for this view are as follows: Bush is a longtime friend of Evangelist Billy Graham. Billy Graham was supposed to give the Invocation at Bush's Presidential Inaug
  12. I was very much like Irene in "The Husband I Bought."
  13. The Objectivist running in the California Recall election is Logan Darrow. Visit his website Clements for Governor
  14. But the newspaper editor has not lost his right to free speech; he has only been prevented from expressing certain ideas at a certain time. To call the action taken by the armed individual, "censorship," is to imply that individuals can strip others of their rights, but only the government can take away an individual's rights. (But the real job of the government is to protect individual rights.) The concept of censorship denotes that a government has taken away someone's right to free speech. Under censorship, to speak one's mind is a criminal action. Here are two Op-Eds that I think clari
  15. In Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Rand writes: "This has always been attempted by means of a "package-deal" ascribing to private citizens the specific violations constitutionally forbidden to the government, and thus destroying individual rights while freeing the government from any restrictions. The most frequent example of this technique consists of accusing private citizens of practicing "censorship" (a concept applicable only to the government) and thus negating their right to disagree." If as you say, "When we speak of Objectivism, we should speak in common definitions and not just Ayn
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