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Thursday, March 20 - 6:58amSanction this postReply
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Placeholder by Dean Gores... (new user John Roberts was having trouble with his account and I'm testing it out making sure everything is working)

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Thursday, March 20 - 2:19pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks Dean and thanks to Mike Marotta for informing me of this site.



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Friday, March 21 - 7:21amSanction this postReply
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Hello John Roberts.  Welcome to RoR.  You said in your email that you have read numerous objectivist writings?  What of Objectivist ideas do you think has had the most positive impact on your life?

 

"Robert Baratheon", I could ask you the same question...

 

For me, I have two ideas that really shine:

1. One should think for oneself using evidence and reason (objectivity) as the only source of accepted knowledge.

2. Through the general properties of humans in our context... specialization and trade increases our productivity... and hence capitalism is our preferred political system.

 

Cheers,

Dean



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Friday, March 21 - 7:30pmSanction this postReply
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In many cases, I have had to use Objectivism "defensively" as I call it.  In other words, there have been certain ideas of the philosophy that have helped me deal with particular negative aspects of the world we live in as opposed to values that I have gained from practicing Objectivism.  Living in the heart of the Bible Belt all my life, I found Rand's explanation of religion and altruism to be very helpful.  But my worst experience in life was during my college years which was also the time at which I read most of Ayn Rand's works including The New Left.  I think the article "The Age of Envy" helped me more in dealing with the general contempt others held toward me because I dared to try to understand ideas and use them.  Being all alone in my dedication to Objectivism in this locale, it helped to hear that evil was really a small, impotent force.  But that is not what Objectivism is supposed to be about.  It is a philosophy for living life and achieving happiness--not just something to fight the bad but something to achieve the good on this Earth and in this lifetime. I think that idea is what has had the most positive effect for me. 



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Friday, March 21 - 8:31pmSanction this postReply
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It is good to hear that you have done so well in the face of adversity!  Welcome to RoR.



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