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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

Daughter of liberty Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 3:08 PM
"Altruism born as the fruit of faith it is a completely different experience for all parties, than an act of charity born out of guilt, appearances, force, etc." Not according to Rand. Altruism based on "religious grounds" is just as pernicious as guilt based altruism. Both, by definition, hold the individual subservient to others, and necessitate denial of self-worth.

I’m in Monaco for the 10th forum of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors, a Swiss-based NGO that focuses on promoting an ethical and productive environment for private investment. I moderated a couple of panels on interesting topics, including the European fiscal crisis.

But I want to focus on the comments of another speaker, Monsieur Matthieu

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.

During one of the dinners, we got into...

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