Originally posted by arpgme
reply to post by EnochWasRight
Ignorance is ignoring or not being aware of truth - yes, but ignorance itself is truth because it exist. Existence is truth. Lies are only in the mind
, not existing in reality or it would be called "truth".
Objectivism is the viewpoint that says that reality exist as it is regardless of your opinion. Objectivism is the opposite of Subjectivism which says
reality is whatever you believe it to be in the mind.
Altruism is for people to be taken advantage of. To set out with an intention to only do for others without thinking of self - to put all others
before you - will lead you on a path of being taken advantage of / used for all you have by some who care nothing about you whether you realize or
not. That is the reality.
An economy of Altruism would disallow debt. A simple example is this: If I throw trash in your yard, this is a -1 as an analogy. If you beat me up,
there are now -2. You cannot fix a negative with anything but a positive. Now, you can multiply two negatives and get a positive. Why is this?
Because if I pay your debt, I walk you back from a negative, but it cost me a negative as well. This is giving. Let's use the same example. I
thrown trash in your yard. You then pick it up and throw it away. One positive against my negative cancels the negative. This cost you the effort.
Gifts must be earned.
This gets us to the will of God. God is not a thief. He cannot take. God's will is to give and receive. The thief takes. Selfishness is taking
and is the very reason we are 16 trillion in debt. We did not earn what we took. This is why debt is created.
Another version of this. If you smoke, you get cancer. This is because you took a reward and suffered the debt. On the other hand, if you work out
in the gym instead, you gain health. This is because suffering first ends in reward. The same principle applies. Gifts must first be earned. They
can then be given away. Nothing worth having is worth anything unless it is given away. The true value is what we offer to the larger community we
In our world today, self-gratifying behavior is destroying lives. Opposite this, there are many in this world that suffer good choices, work hard at
jobs and love their families enough to spend drug, alcohol and cigarette money on their kids instead. Who suffers when rewards are taken in place of
gifts given? With smoking, the entire family suffers. With suffering a job and giving all the money to the family, the entire family benefits. By
denying gratifying behavior, what is saved is used for what is needed rather than what is wanted and desired.
This law of returns cannot be escaped. We are seeing our world die due to our own selfishness.
In the Bible, selfishness is the mark of the beast for many reasons. Namely, it can be seen in this verse.
2 Timothy 3
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,
disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do
with such people.
-----Notice how many markers there are of selfishness. 18. That's 6+6+6. He says, "MARK THIS!"
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of
evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers
oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in
the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Notice the descriptions of this type of person. Compare to what I said about smoking or working out. One is Altruism and the other is Objectivism.
In an economy of Altruism, people would work hard for what they give to others. Today, we work hard to give to ourselves, thereby causing a debt
twice. One by the reward we take and one by the debt to our loved ones.
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