Aside from David Kelley's split from ARI which mirror's the split of protestants from the Catholic Church, I could not help but notice that the debate over what Ayn Rand was like is similar to a debate that occured in Buddhism.
When Buddha was out teaching his philosophy, he made it emphatically clear to his followers that he just wanted people to learn his philosophy and did not want to be "deified". Unfortunately, after he passed away, one faction of the Buddhist movement did just that.
Instead of focusing on the teachings of Buddha, the mystic Buddhists made their philosophy into a religion and portrayed Buddha as superhuman (i.e. a god).
Christianity did the same with Jesus. Islam did the same with Muhammed. And now the orthodox Objectivists with the Ayn Rand Institute want to do the same thing with Ayn Rand.
Ayn Rand was a wonderul individual and I love her philosophy. But I could not think of any way to better insult Ms. Rand's memory by making her out to be a victim which is what Valliant and the ARI folks do while trying to "deify" her at the same time.
I think one or two people who post on these boards practice Buddism too and could give more insights into the philosophy and split that occured.
There are also 3 main factions of Objectivism and it just so happens that there are 3 main factions of Buddhism too.
Anyone care to comment?
Edited by Mike Renzulli, 01 June 2008 - 11:01 PM.