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1. Of or relating to a commune.
2. Of or relating to a community.
a. Of, belonging to, or shared by the people of a community; public.
b. Marked by collective ownership and control of goods and property.
Originally posted by NorEaster
Learned? From whom? From small communities (the family) is whom. You think like a 21st century person. Don't. Instinctive behavior is much more primitive. Humans have never been lone hunters. They've always traveled in packs.
I'm going to suggest that his being with his "kind" (community of similars) allowed him to feel relaxed enough to "own" what you had taught him and internalize it. Your example is actually a better defense of the communal nature of humanity than the competitive nature as a primordial influence.
One strong chord will never be stronger than three average chords wound as a cable. The winding of the three multiplies the strength, not simply adding to the strength. A community is immeasurably stronger than any outlier can ever be. And in many different ways of being stronger.
You can speak for yourself but not for humanity in general. You've been properly programmed to embrace the "rugged individual" archetype, so of course, you'll feel that it's the best way to be (given the choice between loner status and being part of a community), but the rest of humanity doesn't seem to agree with you, if cities and nations and other obvious examples of community are any indication.
Marxism is what it is and to be honest, I've never bothered with finding out if it's actually anything like what it's been described as being, so I can really comment on that.
It exists in intimate contextual relationship with everything that affects it and engages it. My issue isn't with any one damaging impact on the human mind, but with all damaging impacts on the human mind.
I guess, that as a middle aged man, I've been more aware of what's hurting my fellow middle aged guy human beings.
"I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
reply to post by Spiramirabilis
I am not so sure that John Galt's creed is the Ying to Marx's creed's Yang. John Galt is not insisting that he will never help another person, and is not precluding charity. Although Ayn Rand insisted that altruism was a fantasy, I am not so sure Rand was against charity. What Galt is insisting is that he will never sacrifice his own principles, and certainly not his own existence, for the sake of another. Again, this does not preclude dying in the act of heroism, or even in the tragic act of hubris, as long as that death is caused by ones own principles, desires, and needs, then it is well within the context of Galt's creed.