|Ciro, you said: |
"Ashley, I never understood how a person can live and be romantic in love with someone who has a different sense of life."
Ayn Rand said, in The Romantic Manifesto:
"Love is a response to values. It is with a person's sense of life that one falls in love - with that essential sum, that fundamental stand or way of facing existence, which is the essence of a personality. One falls in love with the embodiment of the values that formed a person's character, which are reflected in his widest goals or smallest gestures, which create the style of his soul - the individual style of a unique, unrepeatable, irreplaceable consciousness. It is one's own sense of life that acts as the selector, and responds to what it recognizes as one's own basic values in the person of another. It is not a matter of professed convictions (though these are not irrelevant); it is a matter of much more profound, conscious and subconscious harmony"
Ciro, I agree that I would not fall in love with someone who did not share my sense of life. However, I don't think that necessarily means that they will be an "Objectivist," or even know who or what Ayn Rand is. As has been discussed in the rest of the thread, some people are introduced to "Objectivism" and are extremely turned off by it - and I think that is by the people they meet, not the philosophy. Since it is a rational philosophy, I think that many other naturally think in this way without labeling it, which is the "of course" feeling many of us had when first reading Rand. I am attracted to a person's "way of facing existence," "style of his soul," and "profound, conscious, and subconscious harmony." I don't care what he calls himself. As long as he has a mind, knows his mind, and uses his mind, I find it attractive, even though we may naturally find some areas of fierce disagreement.
Edited to add: Ciro, I missed your saying I have balls before! Thanks! I think I do, too, but I also definitely prefer civility. Write it down: I'm the president of the Glenn Lamont, King of Benevolence fan club.
(Edited by Ashley Frazier
on 11/27, 2:49pm)