It has been my experience for many years that thinking readers with an interest in Rand's philosophic ideas also have an interest in my scholarship in her philosophy and in my further developments of its layers I think correct. I am delighted you participate here.
You've actually said what I've thought about and am interested in-- the process of learning; my own and others'. I am as interested in how I learn about Oism and how others learn; from what I've gathered, learning is a process in which what is ultimately called knowledge or, better yet, wisdom, occurs through not losing sight of reality, and through not losing sight of one's own self. Likewise, it also occurs through not losing sight of others' individuality and what that entails.
I realize that through this Nathaniel/Barbara discussion that if I want to read their books, and any other interpretations of either Rand's works or her life, that each book is a kind of autobiography of someone else's process. It is a book by someone else-- their physical interactions, their mental interactions-- their lives, not mine; and thus if I am interested in others' pathways, I must consider that to read NB, BB, HB, LP, or any others, that I am not reading myself, but reading someone else's take and that they may be factually wrong but not autobiographically wrong. This helps me in acknowledging that no matter what NB, BB, HB, LP, etc. wrote, that I am and have to be, true to myself. That whatever *I* write of my Oism learning process, it is, in part, an autobiography. I write this post, and others, thinking this. Likewise, I read others' words, thinking this.
Hell, I could be lambasted right and left for my not caring one whit what Rand's favorite drink was; but how does that affect my life, since I cannot drink much anyway? I think whether an issue *really* makes personal impact upon the rest of my life.
In any case, I make a large distinction between myself and others. It is not a divisionary tactic of me vs. everyone else, but I mean it in the sense of "to self-preserve, to possess one's own self", because after all, egoistic self-interest must entail such discriminations.
(Edited by Jenna W
on 3/27, 1:03pm)