Thanksgiving

I am thankful for:

– Life

– Health

– Free Market Economy

– Family

What are you thankful for?

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5 Comments

  1. J
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Just found this blog.

    I’m currently reading Atlas Shrugged. At first, I didn’t think too much of it, and I stopped reading for a while. Then a few things happened in my life, and I started to see how the ideas in the book represented my own.

    There are some powerful words in that book. Words that have struck me in a way that no bible or any Communist literature(and believe me, I’ve read a lot) ever could. In my opinion, they’re the words of what is right.

    Before I started reading it(and actually paying attention to it), I felt an overwhelming guilt for even the slightest of selfish actions. That was, of course, until I came to see that selfishness is indeed a great virtue, one that is often misunderstood as careless hedonism.
    I have encountered many naysayers in my time that somehow believe they are entitled to the fruits of my labor, or think, that for some reason or another, I should be -giving- it away.

    Well, not anymore, I’m taking care of me and no one else.

    My name is John, and I have just recently turned 18.

    Take care.

  2. reasonmrsmith
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Be careful John. Literal interpretations of powerful philosophies don’t always lead us to the essence of there meaning. I may be misreading your post so I’m sorry if I am.

    Rand’s philosophy really isn’t as selfish as she might let on. Rand seems to respect the rights of individuals to be individuals. To ensure that we don’t have negative impacts on those around us, but rather to have positive impacts. Rand (in my opinion) believes we can have the most positive impact on the world, and more importantly, on ourselves, by being “producers” of things of great value – but the motivation is selfish in that we produce for ourselves, and not because we want to give the world charity. That doesn’t mean we steal the last piece of bread among a group of starving people. It doesn’t mean we throw someone else under the bus to save our own ass. Quite the contrary.

    I read “selfish” in Rand’s interpretation more as “self-motivated.”

  3. J
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Of course I didn’t mean selfishness in the way that would be at the expense of others. I meant it more in the way of, as you said, self-motivated. Self-empowered. Got to look out for me, can’t be expected to lead anyone elses life. That, of course, doesn’t mean that I’d never help anyone. I do. Quite often, actually. But I see what you’re getting at.

    I like your blog by the way.

  4. Sam
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Be thankful that you were fortunate to be born under circumstances which allow you to have good health and that if you encountered a medical crisis you would have the funds to own insurance and pay for any medical bills because after all…. it is everyone’s choice whether or not they have the ability to afford their healthcare and whether or not they are born healthy.

    Yay selfishness for those who have never been on the other end of the spectrum (need that one cannot fulfill with their own effort) and needed help, and who like to throw in strawman’s about extreme militant Communism as an argument against social services.

  5. reasonmrsmith
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Don’t fool yourself. The selfish man or woman who works towards their own self-interest, who adheres to strong ethical and moral standards, does more to help these opportunity-starved individuals than collective acts of altruism could ever do – times a billion. The very medical technologies that are needed in the crisis you refer to were not created by selfless individuals… they were created and/or enabled by GREEDY corporations. Those corporations were staffed by selfFULL individuals… motivated by whatever it is that motivated them. Altruism played no part.

    My friend Sam; Altruism is pure bullshit.

    Yes – I am thankful to have been born under circumstances that allow me to live in good health, with good education. With all of the problems America has, I am so lucky to have been born in this country. I do my best to offer opportunity to those without it through both actions and deeds – because it makes me happy to do so… NOT because I am on some false mission to do so.


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