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Sunday, September 4, 2005 - 10:27amSanction this postReply
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Construing this an illness runs the risk, so well noted by Thomas Szasz, of medicalizing sheer stupidity. There is no virus, no disease, no illness. There is willful, blameworthy evasion afoot. And now even some crypto-Objectivists claim that this is all determined, quite out of our hands in the last analysis: too many of us just happen to value evasion, so we evade, but valuing it is something we can do nothing about. Oh my.



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There is no virus, no disease, no illness. There is willful, blameworthy evasion afoot. 

Yes, and it would seem to be happening in epidemic preportions! (Pun intended)


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Sunday, September 4, 2005 - 9:45pmSanction this postReply
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Eric, I loved the overall gist of this article!

note: I do agree with Tibor's warning, but I will proceed nonetheless

As a moral perfectionist, I pride myself on getting closer and closer to something ideal (I gain and keep my self-respect in this manner). There are folks who don't often practice this behavior, and they are being less moral than I am. There may be folks who practice this "either grow or die" behavior better than I do and, in those cases, they are more being moral than I am.

However, I think that those who you allude to above are in a separate category altogether -- ie. those who've 'chosen' not to try and become better people in their lives (the truly evil among us). Some of their arguments might be (and this list serves as ammunition for the good-doers on this planet):

1. there is no good or evil

2. there is no use being good -- in an evil world

3. humans are a biological species that are, thoroughly and fundamentally, evil

4. there is good and evil, but it is predetermined by "destiny" (we're born to be either one or the other)

5. there is no way to know the good (though it might exist, we could not ever epistemologically pin it down, or identify it)

6. Buddha sufficiently outlined good and evil (the highest "good" is motionless, effortless, egoless, emptiness -- or "MEEE!" for short)

7. government controls good and evil (the only good is to, without question, serve the State -- or force others into this service, as sacrificial cows to a righteous slaughter)

8. God controls good and evil (the only good is [insert subjective interpretation of scriptural commandments here])

9. it is wrong to differentiate between good and evil

I could probably come up with 1 or 2 more of these, but I'm already making myself sick to my stomach [pun intended]!

;-)

Ed



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Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 10:26pmSanction this postReply
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A shocking image of this behavior has beren found



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Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 8:45pmSanction this postReply
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If there is only objective reality, where do new ideas come from? I'm especially curious about artistic ideas and inspirations.

Being a relative newcomer to Objectivism, I don't know what Ms. Rand's answer might be.

MC




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Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 4:21amSanction this postReply
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Artistic ideas come from observation and extrapolation, gaining new insights into the co-relationship of the world and its  metaphoric possibilities - whether in properly keeping to being reality oriented, or in evading and wishfulness opposing....



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Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 11:43amSanction this postReply
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Matt,

Do either of these comments from the Ayn Rand Lexicon provide an answer to your question?

The Ayn Rand Lexicon Lexicon Entry: Imagination

The Ayn Rand Lexicon Lexicon Entry: Creation

Eric




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