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In Topic: "We now live in a nation where ...

20 May 2015 - 05:00 PM

I can't help remembering Rand's beliefs (as reported by BB) that cigarettes are harmless and that cancer is a result of emotional repression - until she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

In Topic: I will not die it's the world that will end

18 May 2015 - 06:14 PM

Let's agree to wait and see what happens when they're dead.

In Topic: I will not die it's the world that will end

18 May 2015 - 05:13 PM

Existence after death (as a living organism though not, e.g. as a body) is a contradiction in terms, out of bounds for anybody.  A legacy or reputation or history is not subject to this limitation.

In Topic: I will not die it's the world that will end

18 May 2015 - 01:54 PM

This conversation brings up a point Aristotle made.  His word eudamonia is hard to translate.  The standard, happiness, is misleading, because he talks of it as a long-term character trait, not a momentary mood as happiness is.  One can feel eudaimonia in the face of calamity, he says, and children don't feel it; neither of these is true of happiness. Eudaimonia overlaps largely with the modern notion of self-esteem, but that would be hopelessly anachronistic as a translation.


To get to the point, Aristotle states that one's eudaimonia can be affected for better or worse by what happens to one's descendants after one's death.  This isn't true of happiness or of self-esteem.  That points to success or the etymologically correct blessedness.


Depending on sectarian leanings, Objectivists leave their money either to TAS or ARI, both of which are happy to take it.

In Topic: Could this be why Ayn Rand's heroes smile so scarcely?

16 May 2015 - 05:43 AM

During her HUAC testimony she remarked that "children never smile in Soviet Russia except by accident."  This always struck me as hyperbole, but perhaps not.