posted on Feb, 8 2009 @ 08:43 AM
I have always been able to see her point of view as having some validity in terms of individual freedom to exercise one's own free will. The founding
fathers of America, I believe, wanted every person to have an opportunity to pursue "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in his or her own
way without state shackles holding the person back contingent upon persons not interfering with the rights of others. In its purest form, this is the
ideal of America.
Having said that, I am repulsed by what can only be called a depraved lack of compassion in Rand's philosophy. Selfishness promotes greed. Greed is
one of the sickest downfalls of society (we can see it all around us today).
I urge everyone to read at least one of the books by the current Dalai Lama and think about the positive effects of compassion versus selfishness and
greed. I understand Rand's position of every man for himself, sink or swim. She, apparently, went through tremendous hardship fending for herself and
struggling to make it on her own, so I see where she is coming from, but her over-arching mistake is being devoid of compassion.
I am not for a welfare state or anything resembling Soviet style government controls. If these United States would simply get back to the original
U.S. Constitution and combine that with compassion for family and neighbors, we could rid ourselves of many unnecessary layers of excesses. Ask
yourself what Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and the others really envisioned for this country. It would not be a system like we have now wherein
people are taxed to death, the Fed owns everything, credit card debt shackles the middle class, education costs a fortune, you cannot be a freelancer
or start your own business without being so heavily taxed you can't get off the ground, and so forth and so on.
That's just my two cents worth.