Last Friday I published “The Objectivist Chooses the Path of Mysticism. I must state that the article is not an endorsement of mysticism. It showed the dangers of the mystical way of life.
No doubt you’ve heard about the virtue of selflessness. I discovered an article from someone named Tara who explains a mystical sense of life.
What is Selflessness?
Being selfless means to put the needs of others before your own – a form of self-sacrifice.
Let’s see how the dictionary defines it:
Selflessness – the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others; acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity. ~thefreedictionary.com
According to many religious texts, selflessness is the way to greater spiritual awareness. Of course, we must understand that since we are human, we automatically have some form of selfish desire. But we must work at reducing our selfishness (also known as ego) so that we can achieve peace in this life.
The ego is selfish – it is the opposite of spiritual awareness.
I’m sure you get the point. The ego causes us to act like selfish brutes…so we must diminish it or even better, get rid of it. If we all accomplished that unhappy state of being, altruists would take over the world and saddle us with their collectivist delusions.
As you can see, their intellectual dishonesty permits them to deny the ego. They pretend they’re just “kind-hearted” people looking out for the good of society…which probably includes numerous bloodbaths to wipe out selfishness. Don’t you just love the mystical way of life. Make no mistake about it, altruists exist as mystics of the spirit and of muscle.
Here’s what Ayn Rand says about selflessness. “Men have been taught that the ego is the synonym of evil, and selflessness the ideal of virtue. But the creator is the egoist in the absolute sense, and the selfless man is the one who does not think, feel, judge or act. These are functions of the self.”
An individual who stands tall as an egoist acts from rational selfishness.
If you can stomach it…here’s how an altruist thinks. “The most effective counter to the spread of altruism is the modern money system, since it is responsible for an unnatural transactional mentality. The inherent conflict in conventional money establishes zero-sum (competitive) relationships between between people and organizations – so that those who help others necessarily disadvantage themselves. Such a system places a destructive overemphasis on self which erodes true society, fueling consumerism and accompanying depression.
Our main project is therefore to help develop an alternative to centralized money. If resistant to selfish attack, an internet-wide gift economy will act as a breeding ground for altruism. Many people would love a chance to ignore money and concentrate instead on helping others. A decentralized global gift economy system would do just that. By uniting altruists everywhere, coordinating local acts of altruism in a coherent fashion, the world could finally understand the power of getting back to our altruistic roots and escaping from Win-Lose thinking.”
Obviously, the mystical way of life represents a complete evasion of reality. We don’t need to trade value for value. We will substitute a gift economy. I guess mystics remain oblivious to such concerns as economic calculation, accumulating capital and the scarcity of resources.
What in the heck is a selfish attack? The part about ignoring money displays a mystic’s total ignorance of economics. An economy without prices would devolve into barbarism. Yeah that’s how an altruistic system works. We will have an abundance of misery and deprivation to give others.
Stephen King couldn’t write a book with a more frightening plot than “Altruists everywhere coordinating local acts of altruism in a coherent fashion.” These mystics would reduce us to something less than human. The mystical way of life sinks as the way of a savage.
Here’s Ayn Rand “What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.”
French philosopher Auguste Comte was clear about the meaning of altruism. It’s self-sacrifice for the benefit of others. All I can say is “The dangerous mystical anti-life philosophy of non-existence is quite horrible.”
We could label the following definition of collectivism as social metaphysics put into action. “Collectivism is a social psychological term that relates to the manner in which humans identify themselves and prioritize their goals. Collectivism, which is the opposite of individualism, focuses on the priorities of the group and not the individual. In a collectivist society, people identify themselves with the goals of the group much more so than the goals of individuals. Collectivism also focuses on things such as fitting into the group, behaving in ways that are line with social norms, group solidarity, and gaining a sense of identity from being part of the group.”
That last sentence says it all. It encourages us to live a second-handed existence. We don’t have to make the effort to discover our highest values. All that matters are such things as fitting in and adopting prevalent social norms. Why reason anything out…when we can live the mystical way.
Here’s an exercise we can do. Let’s quiet our minds and completely shut off reason. Without a mind, we can now float into the ether and discover non-reality. After all, life is just an illusion. Wait a minute. Non-reality is reality. We just discovered the Akashic records where all knowledge exists in the collective unconscious. Who needs reason.
Well, I can tell you who needs reason. All of us…whether we admit it or not. The mystical way of life means the death of our ego. Our individualism vanishes as we join the anti-life collectivist society.
Ayn Rand clearly explains collectivism “Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group…and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests. The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force—and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism.”
We can conclude that the selflessness advocated by the anti-life philosophy of altruism guarantees we live a non-human life as part of the collective. We will be like bees…members of the Hive Mind Mentality.
We must endorse individualism, reason, self-esteem and laissez faire capitalism if we want to live the life of a rationally selfish man or woman. We completely demolish the mystical way of life.
RA Meyer – The Objectivist Masters the Social Maze