The Daily Servant of Power

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Today’s servant of power is:

Ayn Rand


One doesn’t even have to read Ayn Rand’s work—only get a synopsis of what it’s about—to know it doesn’t make any sense.

Why did Ayn Rand write what she wrote?  She would probably say because she is advocating for ethical conduct, leading to what she regards as the best functioning society.  Her basic assumption is that people are selfish and that’s the way it should be, but with the implication that she is a well-intentioned individual who just so happens to have society’s best interests at heart.

Would Ayn Rand ever admit to being a purely self-serving human being?  I, personally, think she is.  Technically, she should be okay with me viewing her in this light.  Yet, it’s pretty obvious she would be upset if confronted with the notion that she is someone who pathologically supports the ideology of the oppressor to move up the ranks of the social ladder at the expense of others.

Her entire career is pure self-contradiction, in my opinion.

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Objectivity

Ögyen Jampalyang
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The idea that there is an objective truth or reality outside of our experience of such things and the intellectualization of these concepts (which is so beloved in the Western tradition) often results in a dissociation between man (or woman) and truth where people no longer internalize what they expound and speculate upon. It basically allows for people to discuss one thing and behave incongruently, in my opinion.

As I’ve stated before, I feel humans can only approach or experience the objective nature of truth subjectively the way the Indian mystics and sages did.  It’s why I feel someone like Friedrich Nietzsche didn’t hold a candle to someone like Gautama Buddha.

Buddha (if I’m recalling things correctly) always discussed how people must achieve enlightenment for themselves so they can see through enlightened eyes.  Such things are a realm beyond pure intellectualization/conceptualizaiton and can only be achieved through internalization and experience, in my opinion.  Someone like Neitzche and many of the “enlightenment” philosophers of Europe seemed to think all truth could be enscribed {neologism: set down into writing}.  Perhaps one day this might be true, but acknowledgement of our current limitations (which is part of truth) is always important to maintain.  At our current stage, we are no where close to being able to transcribe truth into pure intellectual reasoning.  Thus, people are still required to practice as they preach because there is no perfect formula for human decency (as of yet and who knows if there ever will be.)