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What I learned at the Ayn Rand conference
"Yet just because Objectivism fails to grapple with the conditions of our time, that doesn’t mean it has no use. For those who value individual rights, Rand’s philosophy is helpful precisely to the extent that it reveals how poorly our social systems are set up to grant these rights to the majority of people. By defining an impossible ideal of freedom, it unexpectedly exposes the societal impediments that prevent so many people from realising any such freedom in the first place.

It also, perhaps inadvertently, illuminates a path for progress. The most compelling aspects of the Randian worldview stem from its acknowledgment of the importance of the self. Individuals are encouraged to act in accordance with self-interest, rather than guilting themselves into sacrificing for others – and then guilting themselves further for not sacrificing enough. This isn’t an unreasonable principle; but given a narrow conception of self, it can lead to destructive, isolating ends.

What if we turned that impulse towards different ends? What if we began with a more collective notion of “the self”, beyond just our immediate families, to include our communities and the systems that sustained the things we value? Seen from that perspective, seemingly “altruistic” activities such as voting for higher taxes, volunteering for causes, or refusing to cross a picket line no longer look like sacrifices. They look, instead, like investments – investments in the kind of world you want to live in. And as much as Ayn Rand has to say on the topics of reason or selfishness, she can’t tell you what that world should look like. That part is all up to you."
wendyliu  2020  aynrand  objectivism  self  selfishness  identity  collectivism  socialism  libertarianism  community  taxes  families  altruism  sacrifice  safetynets  policy  politics  philosophy  interdependence  interconnectedness 
7 days ago by robertogreco
this is what it is all about! what an impressive man and story!…
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19 days ago by JonClodfelter
The Survival of Iggy Pop | The New Yorker
Pop has never imagined a traditional domestic life for himself. (In 1969, when Pop was twenty-one and living in Ann Arbor, he had a son, Eric, with Paulette Benson. Eric was brought up by his mother, in California, and lives in Berlin now.) In part, this is why it matters so much to him that his work remain vital. “It’s gotta be fucking good,” he said. “This is what you’ve sacrificed a lot of things for, dude, and this is what you were doing when you weren’t always there for other people, so it’d better be good.”
art  creativity  sacrifice  motivation 
august 2019 by hankins
Blood Is Another Word for Hunger
Anger is an energy. A young girl, a slave in the South, is presented with a moment where she can grasp for freedom, for change, for life. She grabs it with both hands, fiercely and intensely, and the spirit world is shaken.
short.story  fantasy  sacrifice 
july 2019 by alclaexman
On the other side
After a particularly bad winter Will, as the only male omega, is chosen as the annual sacrifice to the beast on the hill. But the beast is nothing like he imagined and offers him a choice to run away with him.
Author:obfuscatedheart  Hannibal  Slash  fanfic  Hannibal/Will  Smut  Relationship:FirstTime  Alpha/Beta/Omega  Alpha!Hannibal  Omega!Will  Top!Hannibal  Bottom!Will  Knotting  SelfLubrication  MatingCycles/InHeat  Mating  Sacrifice  Length:5000-10.000  OneShot 
july 2019 by Ambrosine8
Some Reason in Madness
Will Graham had hidden himself away for years. He did not want to be a Sacrifice to appease the gods' appetites. Not since had they returned to save humanity from its own selfishness, not since they had forced the new genders upon them, had an Omega escaped being a Sacrifice. He thought he could. He thought wrong. And in the end, only he could satisfy Death.
Author:Elywyngirlie  Hannibal  Slash  fanfic  Hannibal/Will  Relationship:FirstTime  Alpha/Beta/Omega  Alpha!Hannibal  Omega!Will  AlternateUniverse-Gods&Goddesses  Sacrifice  MatingBite  Length:1000-5000  OneShot 
july 2019 by Ambrosine8
Philotimo: A Greek Word Without Meaning but Very Meaningful | Psychology Today
Elder Paisiou aptly defined philotimo as “that deep-seated awareness in the heart that motivates the good that a person does. A philotimos person is one who conceives and enacts eagerly those things good."
Philotimo  motivates  good  philosophy  personal  sacrifice 
may 2019 by gdw

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