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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

David200 Wrote: May 31, 2012 12:16 PM
Sounds like you 'really' understood Atlas Shrugged! Yeah right... it's all about not opening doors for old ladies. I hope you didn't spend too much time reading the book, because you didn't get much out of it. I 'had' the greatest respect for Cato, but I have to re-think that opinion now. What an dumb explanation of altruism. I can't explain it any better than Ayn Rand, so this is not intended for the writer of this article, but altruism is when you 'sacrifice', that is when you destroy value. There is no sacrifice when you donate time or money to something or someone worthwhile. It is not altruistic to support and further something of value to you. When even someone at Cato doesn't understand that, we're certainly doomed.

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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