|Jennifer, you always make me smile.|
Philip, thanks for your encouragement. It may just be that I have an advantage of having saved up what I think are insights for a very long time and have not until now had an audience of great minds like yours to share them with! Or am I being presumptuous in assuming that anyone who agrees with me must have a great mind? Hmmm. I think you have many posts under topical Objectivist issues and I shall have to make a point of reading more of them. I am looking forward to it.
MSK, wow!!! What a wonderful compliment. Thanks. It sure helps the soul's health to be among so many intelligent and unique individuals with great souls of their own. Yours is one of the greater souls I have found, so I am proud to have earned your recognition.
Other Objectivists have criticized me for being excessively tolerant and therefore being bereft of standards. I do not agree, I simply believe that some Objectivists have a tendency to be inaccurate and unfair in their evaluations of others. It is great to stand up for our values and to argue strongly for them, but we should not lose the context that in order to live, most people do many of the tasks of their lives fairly rationally and many of them have more life-affirming values than they should according to what they think their philosophy is. They suffer in consistency. We can use this as a fulcrum to convince many of them that Objectivism is a philosophy more consistent with what they actually recognize as life-affirming values. It is not useful in this trade of ideas to fail to give people the respect they have actually earned in many ways. If we are consistently ungenerous or worse yet, unfair, they will notice and our ideas will be given less than a fair hearing. And, of course, one of the better ways to get people to improve themselves is to praise them when they are good. So, if we want more people to value productive work, we make a point of praising the productive work they do. This commonly works well with my employees, for instance.
Speaking of which, thank you all for encouraging me to try to become better. I hope my soul manages adequately to reflect the life radiating so abundantly from yours.