No bonus points for being on Ayn Rand coat tails this time! I'm pleased...
Well I'm pleased that you're pleased, lol.
Hey now! That's an exaggeration. I don't try to go 100 mph because I know the cop will give me a ticket, and all of these damn slow people are in my way, making it impossible!lol, don't you see that it's actually immoral to drive that fast under normal circumstances? I'll explain my reasoning if you want, lol.
William, why do you think it's wrong for me (or you) to try to improve others? You didn't make your reasoning clear.I apologize, I thought I had it clear in post 54 of "Articles: They Do A Website Good" but I reread that and I guess I didn't give much reason for my position, so here I go:
It's wrong for anyone to try to "improve" someone else, uninvited. What does it mean to "improve" someone else? It means that the "improvement" is by your own standards, requiring them to recognize and accept your standards above their own. It means that the person has to change some or all of their premises and standards. It means that the person has to change, for the better or worse is unimportant.
The reason I think it is wrong lies in it's futility. Let me first reiterate that I don't think it's wrong to try to improve others if you are invited to do so. Now, a rational person is always open to improvement, it's his goal in life to be the best he person he can. So that leaves only the irrational to improve uninvitedly (is that a word? lol). If the person is irrational, they're not going to listen, or understand the logic of your argument. It would be a waste of your time, and it's immoral to knowingly waste any minute of your life. Also, a rational person can refuse your attempt at improving them for one reason with two different outcomes. 1. They disagree with your logic, and you are wrong. 2. They disagree with your logic and they are wrong.
At this point, it's clear to me that attempting to change and irrational person is completely immoral. And since a rational person is always open to improvement, it is not an uninvited attempt to improve them.
The only other aspect to my position is this: what are you doing for you in trying to improve someone else? It is in your interest to live among better people, I get a great feeling when I see someone with even a hint of promise. But there is a better way to get people to chang;: by showing them the finished product of that change: yourself. Show them what you want them to be by being what you want them to be.
Like I said in this article: I remember being young and looking up to a lot of people and saying to myself, ”Wow! They are really smart. I want to be like them.”