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02 May 2003 @ 07:42 am
Stepping off...  
Situational ethics are an interesting thing. As are new situations. You can learn a lot, about yourself and others. Never a bad thing, really. But then there are situations in which you have no control. No say. Little or no input, for whatever reason. It's hard, and often we struggle along with those, trying to make something out of it.

Sometimes the best thing to do is simply step off the ride. Often it's the only thing to do.

-the redhead-

"As a human being, you have no choice about the fact that you need a philosophy. Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation -- or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: _self doubt_, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind's wings should have grown." -- Ayn Rand
Deja aka Tulip aka Rothindejasview on May 2nd, 2003 07:24 am (UTC)
zzzzzzingg. jeezus...this sure hit the spot for me today. thanks for sharing it.
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on May 2nd, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC)
One thing I can say about Rand: She is blunt.

And a pretty good read.
-the redhead-theredhead on May 2nd, 2003 04:01 pm (UTC)
Blunt, but offers good insight.

-the redhead-
Musings from the CZ unitcz_unit on May 2nd, 2003 04:53 pm (UTC)
Mmm... And interesting concepts on romance and the ideals of the romantic. While I do appreciate and respect the moral teachings inherent in say Atlas, I do have to say that they need *some* people to take out the trash, so to speak.

The key is in realizing the incredible power of helplessness and pity. And the desire to which some people look not for approval, but a sanction...

"Who is the most guilty person in this room"....

E. K. Mangosteenmangosteen on May 8th, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC)
On the whole, I think that Objectivism is rife with internal contradictions and implausible half-baked assumptions about human behavior. It's essentially what happens to Libertarianism when it ferments for too long.

That being said, there are any number of quotes (like the one in your posting) which, taken out of the context of her philosophy, actually completely align with my beliefs.

Thank you.

A book recommendation: "Sewer, Gas, and Electric" by Matt Ruff is a wonderful deconstruction of Objectivism, with a very compelling sci-fi novel wrapped around it. I found it to be thoroughly worthwhile.