posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 06:27 PM
I greatly respect Ayn Rand, because she is her own person. She understands reason and she understands that her thoughts are her own. She believes in
her self very much. This I respect and admire.
I think her theories are excellent and can make great change, but I also think that she misses a few things. I do not think the problem with the world
today is that man is looking out for one another. In fact, I think it's quite the contrary. I think the reality is, that man poses the
illusion that they work for one another, when in fact, selfishness is what is the problem in the world today.
It is not a problem of a lack of self love and importance to oneself, I think it is more a problem of less love for one another. I believe that if you
cannot love yourself fully and entirely, you will not understand what love is(no, I'm not talking about romantic love) or how to love. But, I think
that we should live for one another, within reason(Maybe that's what Ayn left out).
I have taken a very good look at society and the world we live in, and I have realized that everything and everyone is connected. The goldren rule of;
treating others as you would like to be treated is key to understanding this. She says that no one has given a reason to be their brothers'
keeper...but she should pose that question to me. I have a reason, and a very good one, if not, the best reason there is as to why we should live for
each other, and not solely for ourselves(as most of the world does presently).
I will use a simple example, I have a female friend whose father used to neglect her and abuse her. Her last bf used to physically abuse her as well.
Now, these men think that what they do to this girl is only affecting this girl, but they are very wrong. What they do to her is affecting
everything(whether living or dead) around her. What they have done to her affects everything around her presently, and in the future. Now, she treats
men with a certain disrespect and disregard and has broken the hearts of good men, because of what a few bad men have done to her. In return, the men
who she has hurted are not the only ones being affected by that hurt. When you rob someone, you rob their family as well. You rob their mood, and
their character. Someone who is angry at what is done to them at work, may come home and direct that anger to their family...their kids. These kids
may go to school and express their frustration at what is happening home. This kid may bully another, or may simply not be very well behaved, or may
be too stressed to perform academically. The kid who gets bullied is not the only one affected by this. The kid who does not pay attention, is not the
only one being affected by this, for lack of knowledge affects all that is around you. Do you see where I am going with this?
The statement "forgive and forget" holds a lot of depth. Yes, we should not forget really...but, in order to move forward, we must forgive. But,
that does not mean we should live in a society where no one is punished. Punishment and forgiveness are not the same. But venegeance and anger are too
closely related. Ponder on this carefully; How much better do you think this world would be if we all treated each other the way we, ourselves, would
like to be treated?
But, in order for this simple principle and theory to be most effective...everyone(and I do mean everyone) has to practice it. If even one person does
not practice it...it can cause our descent into our old/current ways. The problem is, I'd say, about 95% of the population do not practice this, not
nearly as often as we should(myself included sometimes, but I do try). The bigger problem, is just how do we get everyone to understand the greatness
of this simple teaching?
[edit on 11-2-2009 by sdrawkcabII]