PalePower Posted March 14, 2007 Share Posted March 14, 2007 I believe that that static, non-pliant way of thinking can actually cause you to do things that, upon reflection (hindsight=20/20 and all) you can really, really regret. More than once I remember busting out a few by-the-book O-style moves that really made me feel like a piece of it, after the smoke cleared. I was "right." Right. Mm, I can relate with you there - the few times I've had the chance to in my short history as an Objectivist. The thing to keep in mind when reading about Objectivist ethics is that these are conclusions on life based on the writer's experience. Certainly they can explain them and reason them out and provide all the logical necessities behind the "proper" behavior, and this will all make sense, but I do not think that the reader should accept them immediately, simply on the faith of their just "sounding" logical. Of course, implement them, apply them, try them on for size - but do not ACCEPT them as solid, hardcore fact until your OWN experience validates them. Objectivist ideals, however beautiful and lucid, are not an excuse to stop thinking and learning. ALL of that has to be done on one's own.I haven't been much exposed to all sorts of Objectivists, but I'm sure there are many (I was one of them, Rich, I sense you were one too at some point) that feel guilt for ever questioning the principles of Objectivism - for ever daring to act against them. It is a beautiful philosophy, yes, but it's not the end-all of everything you can learn in life. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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