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  1. Sadly, they call it politically correct language. And none wield those words better than politicians. PC wording is about as useless boxing gloves on a bowling ball... ~ Shane
  2. Xray, You'd really have to ask Ayn that, or those who knew her personally. I'm not about to contest what she stated about Frank. It's in black and white and I would have to take her at her word for it. ~ Shane
  3. Could it be that Rand gave Frank hero status to justify him as her husband? For when you you compare the heros in her book to Frank, they differ completely imo. They are unempathetic (Roark is even a rapist!), cold, unfeeling, contemptuous (they mostly run around with a "mocking, derisive smile" on their faces), are often geniuses who excel at everything, etc. In short, they are everything Frank was not. He was a gentle, affable man with an artistic talent, but also conflict-shy and suffering from low self-esteem. Xray, To give you an honest answer on that, I'd have to read Fountainhead in it's entirety. I've only read excerpts from one of the books (can't remember which offhand...but it was a chapter that used parts of Fountainhead to explain issues such as ethics, iirc.) I did read the rape scene years ago, but it didn't come across as brutal or life-destroying, or even exertion of power. It came across as him taking what he wanted through desire and lust. Again without reading it in its entirety, I don't want to misconstrue the message Ayn was giving. As for Roark (and other heroes), I would say that Frank was their essence, not a carbon copy...otherwise it'd be Frank O'Connor, not Roark, Galt, etc. But I certainly can't explain away the lack of empathy that might come across in her characters, in your view. ~ Shane
  4. I have one...she married him. I don't think she would have married if she thought otherwise. ~ Shane What do you think qualified Frank O'Connor as a hero in her eyes? Frank O'Connor - Wikipedia I can find several passages on that page that would answer the question for me, personally. There's a quote from Ayn Rand in 1949 (some 20 years of being married to Frank) "All my heroes will always be reflections of Frank..." That tells me that Frank was the hero, not the comparison; the standard, not the exception. ~ Shane
  5. I found it interesting that the reporter mentioned "conservative philosophy" when referring to AS. ~ Shane
  6. Michael, I wholeheartedly agree you have paid the dues to write what you think in regard to Ayn. But the way you do it does not persecute her...completely the opposite if you ask me. It's one of the attributes of this site that keeps me here, and here alone. That was the main drive of my statement, or at least my attempt. I merely pointed to your reference because it had the word oversimplification in it, not you being the source of my observation ;) One way to put it is if you take issue with someone that you respect, you would say "with all due respect...[comment]". Some don't do that. Without a doubt in my mind, you say and show "with all due respect" to Ayn with your words and hosting this site. I hope you didn't take my comment as being aimed towards you, because my bow was pointed 180 degrees in the other direction. ~ Shane
  7. Michael, I'm noticing a trend of persecution that seems to be aimed at Ayn for a lot of her oversimplification of very important issues (not implying you're doing this, but the statement above reminded me of other more cynical references). But in defense of Ayn, she laid the foundation all by herself in the very beginning with her fiction. One single person has a very limited resource of experience (some more than others). Fine tuning Objectivism is something that will take lifetimes as more people adopt her tenets and expand on them, and share with those that are willing to absorb that way of life (such as the Brandens). Forums like OL are the branches of a yet-still-young philosophical tree. I'd be willing to read entries stating that "Ayn Rand stated this, and here's my interpretation of what she meant, followed by my opinion or counter." Too many people seem to fault her outright, but it's unfair. Take the good of Objectivism and build on it. Shore up those "oversimplified" issues until they are good and build on it. ~ Shane
  8. I have one...she married him. I don't think she would have married if she thought otherwise. ~ Shane
  9. Adam, Thanks for the post. I'll review the link from home later. I didn't intend to divert the attention from Sherry. I was merely reflecting on the difficulties most of us have with communicating softly to our loved ones our beliefs. She's a lot further along than I am. I'd be interested to read how her son progresses ~ Shane
  10. Sherry, I'm in a somewhat similar situation, although at an earlier stage. I have a son that's 12, and a daughter that's 9. When I was deployed to Korea for a year, my wife had taken them to a local Baptist church which they all enjoyed. Until a few years ago, I would be what you consider Agnostic. My wife knows this, and it's a source of apprehension when approaching Objectivism in the home. I've had a few conversations with my son about Objectivism, and I'm certain my approach isn't solid. I'm not doing any cramming, but I've suggested my son read Anthem (if he so chooses). When situtations present themselves where I can inject my philosophical stance, I do and explain why I feel that way. I also ask my son what he thinks about the situation. It's about open dialogue without pressure. I'm still learning, so I'm hoping that I can learn with him along the way. It's imperative not to push. I don't feel that I'm doing that. But I live in a house divided when it comes to religion. My daughter goes to church with some of her friends. I don't wish to intervene due to the confusion that's likely to ensue. So with my daughter, I'm very cautious. Like daughter, like mother. My focus with her is being an individual with regard to doing for herself and not having to rely on others. I'm sure you can attest to being the servant of a child that doesn't want to get up to grab a drink, or even put toppings on her sandwich (because mom and dad make it She's also finding the words "I can't" very easy to say. In this case, my wife is the facilitator because she's just being a mom. My point here is that I use my daughter's actions as ways of injecting the "do for yourself" mentality as a starter. But my wife...that's a tough one. She's a believer. I approach the subject with her often, but more or less to gauge why she feels the way she does. Trust me, I've tried for years to grasp faith and it's never worked...ever. We aren't aggressive in our differences, but it still puts me in a tough spot simply because how we raise our kids is fundamentally different. Makes for challenging parenthood. Overall, your approach is very good. As your son is now an adult, you'll have to let him make those decisions on his own. You've empowered him, and now he's searching for the truth of things through his own eyes. He has more tools at his disposal. Either way he's in good hands...his own. ~ Shane
  11. I always cheer for the seeming underdog. It happens right when the judges give "that" look. And then they're blown out of their seats by an unexpected bombshell of a performance. I get chills, and I'm thoroughly thrilled for individuals like Susan. I can't wait to see what other diamonds in the rough emerge because of courage like hers and Paul Potts. ~ Shane
  12. Yay! Another way get us to pay more taxes. Taxing Online Sales If I were an online retailer, I'd set up shop in a tax-free state and call it a day. ~ Shane
  13. A very educational read, Ross! In just five minutes, I've learned more about Thailand's internal processes and players than I could have read anywhere else (that I can think of). As Brant pointed out, the finite box that articles can fit in aren't able to highlight the details like you did. Thank you! ~ Shane
  14. A laughable article exposing Brown University's history in using slave labor, monetary acceptance from slave traders, etc. Although this initiative was driven by its student population, the university should have foreseen this backlash. Brown University Should Consider Name Change, Critics Say ~ Shane
  15. Chris, I remember reading some cases where minors were tried as adults receiving life sentences. But as this individual, in this particular case, did not murder anyone, I don't see how they could impose a life sentence. Maybe under kidnapping in addition to piracy? ~ Shane
  16. They're talking about a possible life sentence...might seem a bit overboard (pun intended) if he's a minor. If the captain had been killed, I could see imposing life since our laws usually are stiff with kidnapping ending in murder. No American lives were lost, so wouldn't kidnapping charges apply only? It will certainly be interesting to see what the outcome is since it's been 200 or so years that any piracy against Americans occurred. ~ Shane
  17. Off-topic, but Toyota Supra Mark IVs are awesome! It's the only thing I think about, regardless of the initials ~ Shane
  18. In my whole life I have never encountered a person who questioned his own existence. I can't help wondering why you would bring this up with children. I have had discussions about religion with my children but never existence. The most important paths in life start out in childhood. That Sherry's daughter explained it out the way she did, in a concise answer, tells me she's on the right path to figuring out more answers along that same path. ~ Shane
  19. Just how many libraries do you have? LOL! ~ Shane One in my office at work (Shanghai). One at home in my apartment (Shanghai) One in Knoxville in a storage facility. So - - - three. For a while it was four, when I also had a university office at the University of Tennessee. And you? Bill P Several, all in my little house on-base (where I can find space)...ha! ~ Shane
  20. Curious...are the babies that solopsists make real? /ducks ~ Shane
  21. I've read most of the book, also. (I'm currently on page 340.) My main argument is with the author's anarchism. (And with some of the foundations which lead to that anarchism) Whenever I read something from someone in this wing of libertarianism, I'm left with the lingering image of everyone with two six gun holsters strapped to their waist, and the guns in hand about 20% of the time. Regards, Bill P Bill, My favorite aspect of the book was the conversations. Jac playing Devil's advocate to drive some interesting points home (in my opinion, questions the author had with Ayn's standpoint). What I truly see this book is a Q&A session between Nicholas and Ayn (Nicholas playing the part of Jac, writer and seeker of knowledge, and Ayn as Nick, holder of knowledge). I find it amusing that Old Nick is Russian. The parallels make me smile. ~ Shane
  22. Bill, You are a master of putting the point in the fewest words. I couldn't agree more. ~ Shane
  23. Just did a Google search on Nicholas - 340,000 + Hope this is the start of something great for a great writer ~ Shane