17
Nov
09

Philosophical corruption

Dear Ayndie,

this is my problem: My philosophy teacher keeps going on about Wittgenstein, Quine, Davidson and Rorty and those guys. I’ve tried to explain to him about the tenets of Objectivism, but he was dismissive and called your immortal work “a hotchpotch of confused ideas and bad reasoning”. I thought higher education was supposed to teach me about reality, and not merely theories. Also, my contemporary lit teacher called you “a hack”.

Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man’s relationship to existence. As against the special sciences, which deal only with particular aspects, philosophy deals with those aspects of the universe which pertain to everything that exists. In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible. At least — that is what philosophy ought to be. The word means next to nothing outside the realm of Objectivism. The universities are doling out watered-down substitutes its place, as your letter shows. The Logical Positivists you name are the worst examples of this Kantian corruption, which is as blatantly immoral as it is irrationally unscientific. Knowledge, they say, consists, not of facts, but of words, words unrelated to objects; thus knowledge is merely a matter of manipulating language. My advice to you is to leave the evil sophists to themselves to crawl in their misery of delusions, to change your course plan, and focus on the special sciences, like engineering. The word-play games of these subhumans will not further the development of a car that turns static electricity into kinetic energy. Leave them alone to wither, confident in your moral condemnation; for there has only been one contribution to philosophy after Aristotle, and that is my work.

All thinking is a process of identification and integration,

Ayndie.

10
Nov
09

Homosexuality

Dear Ayndie,

I’m afraid. I think that I may be a homosexual. I feel myself blushing sometimes in school when a hot guy walks by in the hall, and I have fantasises… My parents are devout Christians, so I don’t feel that I could talk to them, and my friends make queer-jokes all the time (not about me). What should I do? I am 15 years old.

Homosexuality is immoral, and more than that; it’s disgusting. In men, it represents the most vile and odious corruption of manhood, and in women, with their “sisterhood”, it is so repulsive a set of premises from so loathsome a sense of life that an accurate commentary would require the kind of language I do not like to see in print. Man experiences the essence of his masculinity in the act of romantic dominance; woman experiences the essence of her femininity in the act of romantic surrender. For a man to romantically surrender to another man would be evil, and likewise for a woman to romantically dominate another woman. You dirty little queer. I would say this to you: Read my books, study my work: therein lies the True Ideal of Man. I would wish you good luck, but, apart from my not being superstitious, I am ovecome by repulsion.

10
Nov
09

The Parasite

Dear Ayndie,

my problem is this: The older I get, the more I think that my life has been a failure. When I read your books as a child, I thought, or perhaps merely dreamed, that I would grow up to become a Dagny Taggart or something, but my life seemes mediocre by those standards. Don’t get my wrong — I’m pretty happy, i have a nice job at the County Parks and Recreation office, i have a wonderful family (two beautiful daughters and a loving husband). But sometimes I can hear a reproaching vioce telling me that I’m not good enough. I paint, for example, mostly for fun, and have showed my work to a couple a galleries in my neighborhood, but they weren’t intrested. My life is not extraordinary.

The voice you hear is right. You are a parasite. First of all, the task of a government — of a proper government (or any branch thereof) — is to enforce objective rules of social conduct, that is its basic task, its only moral justification and the reason why men do need a government. It is not to diddle around with trees and bushes by means of stealing from the taxpayers. Your job is that of a louse, sucking blood from the innocent.

Secondly, painting re-creates reality by means of color on a two-dimensional surface. It produces concrete, perceptually available entities and make them convey an abstract, conceptual meaning. It belongs in the market place. It is not a tool for lazy and improductive self-indulgences. If your work is judged to be sub standard by objective judges, then, indeed — so are you.

Make your way in life, or it will make a way out of you,

Ayndie.

06
Nov
09

The ecofascist

Dear Ayndie,

I had some friends over for dinner the other day. In conversation, one told me in passing that he frequently threw his aluminum cans in the trash and did not bother to recycle them. We got into a heated argument, and now he and his wife won’t return my phone calls. Now I feel bad. Maybe I overreacted, and should apologize?

You pitiful moron. You should not only apologize to this man, a true hero of Objectivism and champion of the Individual — but moreover you should find the nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestack and bow down before it, kissing its foundation. The false and evil teachings of “ecology” not only condemns cities, culture, industry, technology, and the intellect, it willfully advocates man’s return to the state of a grunting subanimal digging the soil with his bare hands.

The struggle between the Individual and the Collective has recently been forced to give room to an evil so nasty as to almost become unconceivable: Ecology — the conscious indifference towards man and the replacement of moral with “nature”.

Your (i hope) ex-friends are right in purging you, and my only regret is that they chose such tacit a way of doing so, for you deserve to be deafeningly scorn and chastised for all to see.

Resistance is futile,

Ayndie.

06
Nov
09

Boo Kantian hoo

Dear Ayndie,

allow me to state my problem as clearly as can be (as I know you will, yes, indeed command me to): I am the object of ridicule. Though I have risen to the highest position in the realm of organized Objectivism, people are mocking me. My workplace environment is fine, but when I venture outside from it, be it a cocktail party, an appearance on a televised broadcast, or simply walking down the street, I notice snearing and mocking directed at my person. This has always been somewhat of the case, but since I went on the O’Reilly Show and failed to convince him that it is the moral obligation of the United States to destroy Iran completely, using nuclear bombs, I feel it has become worse. Things did not improve when I held a seminar in which I denounced Einstein’s theory of relativity, stating that although a woman’s hips can be curved, the time-space continuum cannot.

I find it harder and harder to ignore all this ridicule.

Ridicule may inspire feelings of loneliness, but remember that loneliness is the experience of those who have something to offer. The emotion that drives conformists to “belong,” is not loneliness, but fear — the fear of intellectual independence and responsibility. The thinking child seeks equals; the conformist seeks protectors. Your mockers are your inferiors, which you well know, as you hold the greatest position in contemporary Objectivism. In stead of yielding to these bookworms, you should destroy them, if only by pointing out to them their inferiority so that they may meditate upon it. Their philosophy is lower even than Positivist perversion, their actions are driven by verminous Collectivist envy, and you can see it in their faces. After you have found satisfaction in punishing them for being willfully ignorant of the teachings of Objectivism, you should not give these lice so much as an afterthought. Fail, and you deserve no better than ridicule.

The eagle thinks not of his prey —  he eats it,

Ayndie.

06
Nov
09

Failing wife

Dear Ayndie,

I recently discovered, to my great sadness, that my husband of many years is cheating on me. I may still love him, I think, but I am uncertain as to our future in light of this discovery, but for our children’s sake I would like to be able to keep our marriage intact. What should I do?

The essence of femininity is hero-worship — the desire to look up to man. It is not the other way around, for that would constitute an evil. Has your husband read and understood my incomparable body of work? If so, I can only conclude that he has deemed you inadequate as a companion, and that he has surmised that he has no choice but to find more valuable spiritual payment elsewhere, doubtlessly from someone with a firmer grasp of Objectivism than that which you display. For it is evident from your letter that your understanding of my philosophy is nothing more than the weak mutterings of an ignorant slut. One does not “think” that one “may” love, one decides to love. And as for your children: I am satisfied in my conviction that their quest for understanding reality as an absolute will be greatly advanced with the likes of you out of their way, and far from their dwelling.

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it,

Ayndie.

06
Nov
09

“Global warming”

Dear Ayndie,

I am troubled. The other day at school, my science teacher told us about global warming. After the class my friend and I got into an argument about the scientifics behind this theory. I don’t believe in it, and neither does my dad. I feel that I am almost alone in my school to think it’s all a big hoax. Should I confront my teacher or not? And how about my friend?

I am satisfied to hear that the Communist propaganda has not been successful in compromising your ability to reason. The so-called “theory” of global warming is in fact no theory at all, it is a ludicrous hypothesis, designed to appeal to weak-minded irrationalists and mystics who confuse science with superstition (as in the so-called theory of evolution, the perverse “wave/particle”-nonsense, the “Big Bang”, and not to mention the Epitome of Falsehoods: relativity), in order to hinder the growth of Capitalism, which they despise, as they are nothing but evil parasites. Your “friend”, as you call him, is an idiot and you ought not have anything to do with him in the future. Let him dwell amongst the weak. As for the question of your “science” teacher: You seem intelligent enough, so I assume that you have read The Fountainhead. Howard Roark did get expelled from school and prospered, as he made use of his intellect with the correct self-discipline. Make him your example.

There is nothing the likes of this “science teacher” can tell you that is remotely as important as the wisdom you will gain from carefully studying my eternal philosophy — Objectivism.

Resistance to reason is evil,

Ayndie.




Life advice from Ayn Rand, the creator of the everlasting truth of Objectivism -- firmly founded on reason, logic and the absolutism of reality.

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