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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

Charles the Hammer Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 12:36 PM
The problem is Rand specifically rejects God. In so doing, she worships man, but in the individual (whereas Marxists of all stripes worship man in the collective). Therefore there is no meaning or purpose in life OTHER than a materialistic, worldly one. Thus, selflessness doesn't even makes sense to her, whereas, for example, for a Christian, it is the whole purpose in life (to reorient toward God and AWAY from the self). the sinner, Charles
Wendy60 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 5:44 PM
Charles, Ayn Rand is famous for arguing that man is an integrated being of matter AND consciousness. She has probably used the word "spiritual" more times than that Buddhist monk - and in the sense of being FOR it. If you had actually read her work rather than repeating the propaganda of your religious leaders, you would know that.
The Obama Timeline author Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 2:32 PM
You are misinterpreting her writings, by a wide margin.
Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 1:56 PM
Rand was an advocate of reason rather than faith and held that thinking was the highest virtue -- so she was no "materialist." Theists are just as "selfish," they just believe they will be better off by worshipping or sacrificing to a supernatural being.

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Ricard, a French-born Buddhist monk. As you can see from his Wikipedia entry, he’s a very impressive individual. In addition to his other accomplishments, he serves as the French translator for the Dalai Lama.

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