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  1. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    I don't think that hard work and intelligence are the same thing. Nor does hard work guarantee success or money. Hard work is part of major human achievements, but it isn't the only part and in some cases it isn't necessary. I'd define hard work to be persistent, consistent dedication towards a goal. You do it because you value the goal, not because you value the work.
  2. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    I know Rand worked hard during the earlier part of her career. I'd say that's when her work was better. The problem with success is that it can distort your view of what's good, you can work hard on something that's worse. Some great achievements are hard work, but some are not. The relationship between hard work and achievement isn't always direct. Plenty of people have been very successful without that much hard work and others have worked hard and not succeeded.
  3. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    I'm pretty sure I could write a 1000 page novel, it would be a lot of work, I can't focus on it now as I have other priorities in life. I don't dismiss doing so as not being an achievement, but in practice somebody usually needs to work hard before they can write a book that long. Rand had enough money to live comfortably for the time it took her to write Atlas. I don't, neither do most people. I'm not dismissing anyone's achievements, but I can't be inspired by something that is infeasible for me to do it. How do you expect to inspire somebody to do something if they don't have the resources to do it? I thought that turkeyfoot's story was good. I have a few personal stories I'm hesitant to share. There are some historical examples like Andrew Carnegie, or Alexander Hamilton or Steve Jobs.
  4. Mad Men

    This is the only Rand reference I'm aware of: I like the show a lot, Don Draper is a lot like a Randian hero only more realistic. The show does a good job at showing how intelligent people can work together (or sometimes backstab each other).
  5. Bitcoin and Ethereum

    Does anybody follow them? I know there's a lot of reason to be skeptical but they've shot up in value a lot lately. It might have something to do with computer viruses holding computers hostage until fees in bitcoin are paid. Or due to people trying to get their money out of oppressive countries.
  6. Purpose

    I'd say that purpose is the function of something within a larger context. Like the purpose of a steering wheel is to point the car in the direction it should go. Purpose needs to have a context and as you get more abstract your context because too big and you can't know the context.
  7. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    I don't deny that making decisions or being productive without hard work are important, but they don't inspire me. Most people are in a position where they have to spend a large portion of their life working on something they don't like. Some people manage to move past that, and have freedom. I want to hear how people have done that. Trump doesn't inspire me because he was born wealthy, some of what he writes in Art of the Deal is useful for average people but most of it isn't. About ten years ago I bought some stock using a stock market simulator. I checked it recently and I had tripled my money. I wouldn't say I worked hard to pick the stocks. Yet if I'd managed to save more money and spend less, I wouldn't have had to work during that period and I could have just lived on my investments.
  8. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    @Michael I read Art of the Deal, not sure if I'd count Trump's story as success through hard work. I think there's a difference between hard work and good decisions. Trump made some good decisions early on in business but since entering politics has upset a lot of people and has yet to accomplish anything Ayn Rand's story is better, but most of her hard work came before she wrote the Fountainhead.
  9. Would anybody care to share a story of how hard work paid off in a way that might inspire others? It can be historical or personal.
  10. Stealing moral if starving?

    By the way Tony, why aren't you defending Mandela? He's the guy who ended Apartheid. Why don't you move to Israel?
  11. Chappy Chanukah 5777

    So jewish people took parts of greek philosophy, rejected part of greek culture (homosexuality, which is by no means universal) and called them tyrants? Aside from being tolerant of homosexuality, how were the greeks tyrants? You haven't named anything unusual about how the greeks ruled over the jews.
  12. Stealing moral if starving?

    Mandela was a tribal prince, but he also studied at one of the best Universities in South Africa and was a lawyer (before Apartheid came into existence, it wasn't easy for him to be a lawyer afterwards). Despite all the fear mongering about him, after he was elected president of South Africa he didn't try to turn it communist or create hyperinflation like Mugabe. He wasn't perfect as a leader, but he was definitely better than both his Apartheid predecessors and his ANC successors.
  13. Stealing moral if starving?

    Wolf... I've tried editing the wikipedia page on Mandela and had my comments questioning Mandela's commitment to communism rejected. Mandela's campaign was as you say, against the government, not against the people. It was violent, but the violence was directed at buildings, not people. I can't find information, but I'm pretty sure that whites were allowed guns in Apartheid South Africa and Blacks were not. Mandela had his right to free speech violated before he went to prison and was in prison for most of the anti-apartheid violence in South Africa. He had nothing to do with Necklacing (his wife did, but he divorced her when he got out of prison). It is ridiculous to blame a man in prison for violence outside of prison. I have a level of skepticism towards your statistics though they are the best part of your argument. I do not think the Apartheid government kept accurate records... I have many reasons to believe that. Care to reevaluate Mandela?
  14. Stealing moral if starving?

    I reject that question as meaningful on principle. Individuals have rights, states do not. Individual Israelis are free to leave Israel and exist in other countries, many of them do (the smartest and most virtuous, in general). Did the Boer Republics have a right to exist? They were crushed by the British and their citizens were put into concentration camps. You can moralize that all you want but it doesn't change history. Based on historical data, Israel will most likely cease existing within a hundred years or so, perhaps even within a few decades. It is less in the interests of the United States to ally with a country that is doomed than it is in our interest in fighting in the graveyard of empires (Afghanistan). It was in the interest of South Africa's Apartheid to ally with Israel, but the world rejected the Apartheid government, a large portion of the world rejects Israel, or at least some of Israel's settlements. Seriously though, you're usually reasonable but you aren't even attempting to refute my points, you're just labeling them as leftist (which is meaningless, it's a term coined based on where people sat during the French Revolution, what does that have to do with Israel?) And I still question your take on Apartheid, did you do anything to fight it? Are you doing anything politically in South Africa now?
  15. Chappy Chanukah 5777

    Have you read The Last Days Of Socrates by Plato? I have, I don't think that Socrates is that wise, he shouldn't have been put to death but if Plato's description of him was accurate he seemed like he was suffering from dementia at the time. His ideas remind me of some ideas I've read in the Bhagavad Gita. Aristotle's teachings were kept in the Library of Alexandria, I imagine that they were spread via word of mouth throughout the Greek Empire. Ultimately I do not see why you view the Greeks as tyrannical. I see them as quite similar to Jewish people.