One late afternoon in June, I arrived home from work, my last day on the job. The company had just fired me. The boss told me they needed team players and couldn’t tolerate the anti-social stuff I spouted off too often. He said “Get your belongings together, visit human services for your final check and get out. It wasn’t the first time somebody fired me. From past experience, I should have considered the ending the start of a new journey.
Here’s the reason I decided to explore the path of mysticism and suffered the consequences.
My new sales and marketing campaign is exactly where I want it. I think I will reward myself with a long walk in the woods and just observe and enjoy nature. The fresh air will do me good. First, I better step outside and check the weather. My thermometer says 66 degrees. It’s sunny with a few puffy clouds drifting by. The mild breeze feels good as it caresses my hair and face. Yeah, I think I’ll do it now.
Well, I’m on my way to Eden Park. It has about 15 miles of trails and many options for changing your path. I should arrive in about 10 minutes.
Western Civilization teeters on the verge of collapse. The social and economic policies of the political and financial establishment sinks as a bloated mixture of quack Keynesian economics and spurious socialist dogma. You may believe the stock market indicates otherwise; however, any free market economist can expose the so-called recovery as a fraud. In addition, most people show no love for rational selfishness and laissez faire capitalism.
You may be wondering how it’s possible for us to feel any love towards fellow human beings…when so many seem to be caught up in a whirlwind of evil doings, while others apathetically put up with it. Ayn Rand stated “Evil requires the sanction of the victim.”
In the article Christian Objectivism: Possibility or Contradiction we explored whether Christianity is compatible with Objectivism…or not. Now it’s time to find out if the Four Noble Truths of Buddhist philosophy tie in with the philosophy of reason and action.
Do you ever think about your trials and tribulations and wonder if life is worth the daily effort you must put forth? You’ve probably noticed that as soon as one desire is satisfied a new one pops up and demands satisfaction. You feel as if you are on an endless treadmill of attempting to satisfy wants and desires.
Are you familiar with the “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhist philosophy? They are:
Sean Edwards states Christian Objectivism is a worldview that synthesizes the Christian faith with Ayn Rand’s philosophy called Objectivism.
It’s always nice when Objectivism attracts men and women to its marvelous philosophy of life. However, we must ask: “Is Christian Objectivism a possibility or a contradiction?” Let’s find out.
A person leaves school and vows he will never be subject to that torture again. The result: The disillusioned individual often drifts through life with a closed mind…and a resistance to new ideas and new ways of living. The virtues of Objectivism, reason and laissez faire capitalism remain outside of his awareness. Eventually, he (she) settles into a comfort zone of boredom and stagnation. Finally, his life becomes unsettled, filled with one crisis after another. A changing world won’t let him cling to his uninspiring routines.
Jennifer Burns, author of the Ayn Rand book “Goddess of the Market” claims “Ayn Rand is dead. It’s been 35 years since hundreds of mourners filed by her coffin (fittingly accompanied by a dollar-sign-shaped flower arrangement), but it has been only four months since she truly died as a force in American politics.” Does that indicate the death of Objectivism?
In her article “We just might miss the ‘heartless’ Ayn Rand” she also states “In electing Trump, the Republican base rejected laissez-faire economics in favor of economic nationalism.”
The Altruist Demands Your Sacrifice is dedicated to the memory of Ayn Rand…February 2, 1905 to March 6, 1982…who courageously fought the anti-life philosophy of altruism.
When the economy unravels, the altruist will put out the call for sacrifice…your sacrifice. He will claim “those that have…must help those who need.” You know the old Karl Marx belief promoting communism…which never considers that needs are unlimited and resources are scarce.
An altruist believes in collectivism…which means the almighty state owns your life. Who cares if you prefer to live for your own sake.
My name is RA Meyer. For years I have devoted my life to studying and attempting to practice the principles of Objectivism. I could tell you about my sacrifices during this period…how I selflessly gave and gave. Hopefully you know this isn’t true. I would never purposely sacrifice a higher value for a lower value. All of my efforts corresponded to my value system. I always live what I believe to be my highest values. And living the life of an Objectivist Warrior is my highest value.
What really fired me up and caused me to change the format of this blog was the marvelous discovery of three works of Ayn Rand at a local Half Price bookstore.
As you probably know…Ayn Rand’s Objectivism has its ardent supporters and critics who hate her philosophical system. These two groups will never see eye to eye. Let’s get beyond the conflict and ask an important question. Is it possible Objectivism soars as a formula for success? Let’s find out.
Here’s a definition of selfishness critics attach to Objectivism.