|After reading Nathaniel Branden's My Years With Ayn Rand, and his other books on self-esteem and conscious living, I now believe that he was, and is, a significantly more objective and rational person than Ayn Rand. However, hers was a more fanatic and heretical personality than his, and that is why she was able to pioneer the initial Objectivist approach. |
I think that pioneers like Rand must usually have more of this sort of fanaticism than those who refine and redeem a movement, such as Branden.
I am now convinced that all the events concerning him and Rand, ugly as they were at the time, unfolded in precisely the sort of way that they would have had to, although he apparently couldn't see that the perfect outflow of events and outcomes occurred.
I also believe that we are only now approaching true Objectivism, because we are now beginning to appreciate what Rand could not, but which Branden could: that the mind alone cannot anticipate all aspects of reality, and that the individual must be open to accepting new phenomena that call for a reformulation of what seems logical:... in other words, paradigm shifts.
The name "Objectivism" contains the word "objectivity", which is a fancy word for truth. Although Ayn Rand relentlessly produced most of the essential scaffolding of objectivity which Objectivism was built upon, all too often, what Rand practiced was prejudicial thinking and dishonest rationalizations to suit her own personal needs, at the expense of others.
Is Objectivism to be true to what its name really means, and be about the process of logical reality-testing and investigation called "objectivity"? Or is it to remain a pre-packaged set of forgone conclusions called "Objectivism", whose very name frightens people away from challenging it as truth (and perhaps whose name was chosen for that very reason)?
The latter is what Rand fervently pushed. But only the adoption of the former can make Objectivism the revered juggernaut of world philosophy that it truly deserves to be.
(Edited by Danny Silvera on 2/08, 12:18pm)