Jump to content
Objectivism Online Forum

A "self-sufficient ego"

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

I would like to expand on Rand's idea of a "self-sufficient ego" (mentioned in The Fountainhead):


An ego that is self-sufficient requires no external validation of its moral value -- the only authority it consults for such a validation is itself. Its self-esteem, i.e. its personal conviction of its own moral worth, is complete, and is maintained in every action. It is grasped with iron, confident and completely autonomous certainty. Moreover, that grasp is wholly justified, and follows from the facts of one's identity as evaluated by rational standards of value. (Note it is impossible for a man to be confident of one's own moral value if he subscribes to irrational ethical standards, in the same way as it is impossible for any man to be truly confident that two and two are five).


Do you agree with this formulation? Why, or why not?

Edited by organon1973
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...