anthony Posted June 7, 2018 Share Posted June 7, 2018 On 5/29/2018 at 9:58 PM, william.scherk said: The right to work, a chance to succeed and thrive, European citizenship? -- whatever rational personal philosophy formed the backbone of this man's character, his action appears more instinctively-human than derived from speed-of-thought cognition; impulse to act baked-in early at least, whether by instruction or not. But appearances of instinctive anything may deceive. Barbara Branden has already schooled me ... William: "...more instinctively human than derived from...cognition". I beg to strongly differ. If one assumes *Objectivist* - and true - "cognition" which begins with the senses, identifying, evaluating - and lastly, feeling - there s nothing "instinctive" about it, unless one erroneously views only the tallest timber (of our emotions). Agreed, the process happens extremely fast, to seem instinctive. To most everybody, this man made a selfless action driven by sympathy, compassion, etc. Does it have to be proven what is evident, you don't know until you "see"? - that you have to see, perceive and knowingly assess a situation, AND, critically, have the pertinent "values"- in advance of any action (and corresponding emotions)? In this case, the objective value perceived in danger, by HIS consciousness was another human's life, a child, and the man's almost instantaneous processes of observation and thought arrived at: something must be done - what could HE do about it, knowing he had the necessary athletic skills, and so he coolly carried out the action at no sacrifice to himself, and little potential of self-sacrifice (considering how lithely and swiftly he accomplished it). For what will regrettably go down as "instinctive" selflessness, a self-sacrifice, was actually a fine act of self-fulness based on a man's rationality and objective values, unhindered by his emotions (arriving later). Man's "value" substitutes human "instinct". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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