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  • Birthday 01/30/1967

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    Mark Sulkowski

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    Linköping, Sweden
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    Objectivism, eudaimonism, the Fellowship of Reason, rational spirituality, Romantic Realist art, and my flourishing.

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  1. But is it an initiation of force, rather than retaliatory force? I realize that Roy Childs, as an advocate of anarchocapitalism, may believe that the government initiates force on rival private protection agencies, but it is not clear to me that establishing a "legal territory" for a government isn't actually a retaliatory use of force.
  2. I believe in equal pay for equal work... ...but not payment in terms of money, which should be set by the agreements employees and employers set in a free market. Rather, I believe that people should be payed equally in terms of respect for their earned accomplishments. It is spiritual payments that should be equal.
  3. There are some message boards where one can't even mention the name "Ayn Rand" without several posters foaming at the mouth and launching into attacks. Ayn Rand could be very harsh in her condemnation of people she disagreed with, so maybe it's to be expected. It's not worth getting worked up about.
  4. Hello. Are you an Extropian transhumanist? I was a member of that group in its early days.
  5. I'm back! And after five years. I have no idea why I had wandered away. Maybe I had switched computers and had lost the link. In any case, I'm back now.

  6. I haven't posted here for a few years. I have no recollection why I had left. Maybe I had started to post elsewhere. I'm back now.
  7. Dreadful? The Fellowship of the Ring movie was excellent. Just because a portion of the novel was cut out doesn't mean that the movie was bad. Peter Jackson cut out that portion of the novel that didn't move the main plot forward. Tom Bombadil and the Barrow Wights had virtually nothing to do with Sauron and the Ring. This is fine. At most, Frodo would have appeared 30 years old to us (in "human years"). Frodo was of a believable age.
  8. Your artwork is beautiful, Jonathan! I'm impressed. My favorite is "Resolve".
  9. My online interaction with Nathan Hawking was brief -- all too brief given the quality of his mind and the civil way he treated myself and others. While I didn't always agree with him on philosophical matters, I always respected him enormously. He will be missed.
  10. Thanks for getting OL back on its feet. Great job!
  11. A few of mine: La Strada The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) 2001: A Space Odyssey Nineteen Eighty-Four Metropolis A Clockwork Orange Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson) Empire Strikes Back Raiders of the Lost Ark Excalibur Amadeus Dead Poet's Society Meet Joe Black The Matrix Singing in the Rain Groundhog Day Zoolander And, yes, The Fountainhead, though I never did like the "rape by engraved invitation" scene.
  12. Am I the only one who likes them all as they are? They all look great to me.
  13. Exactly! I can relate to this struggle with Rand's vision (I had my own), and fortunately my authentic self won as well. Have you ever read the book Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism, by David Norton? He argues brilliantly for personal authenticity in the rational life, and I think that every Objectivist who is interested in the question of "why choose my authentic self over programming myself with Objectivism?" should read this book (at least the first chapter). I regard personal authenticity as one of the basic virtues.
  14. That's a great photo, Kat! Thanks for posting.