^^^ Ayn Rand has nothing in common with Jerry Falwell.
Jerry Falwell pushed ideas that were developed by other people long before him. Ayn Rand created her own school of thought
, and yes, the philosophy she created calls for people to put themselves before others. There's no CHOICE in the matter according to Rand. She believes in individuals only helping themselves, above all.
The perfect metaphor for Objectivism in a nutshell would be the belief that a man overboard at sea should work to get himself back on board a boat on his own. And if someone else who is
on board a boat should offer him help by way of throwing him a lifebuoy, that person would be giving the man overboard help which Rand would find such a person undeserving of.
If I were to create a special institute to promote Rand's philosophy to the public, Rand's philosophy holds that I should get funding for it solely through myself and my personal effort. If I were to open the door for encouraging charitable outside contributions from others or any other public fund-raising plan to help run the institute, then I'd be a social parasite living off of others' personal fortune. Both giving gifts, such as a charitable contribution, and accepting them are considered signs of moral weakness
according to Rand and Objectivists.
Its perfectly fine to live a happy medium of living for oneself as well as others.
Objectivist philosophy does not promote this "happy medium".
edited 9th May '11 11:17:36 AM by SeanMurrayI