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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

latebloomer Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 9:21 PM
Ayn Rand was brilliant in many ways. I revisit her fiction regularly, and her non-fiction every now and again (at the moment, it's been awhile for the latter). Her work is one of the 4 or 5 major influences on my own world view. However, she did have a habit of attaching her own definition to certain words. Prime example: the word "sacrifice", which she described simply as "the exchange of a greater value for a lesser one". I know of no common usage that carries that meaning for the word.
Tacitus X Wrote: Apr 28, 2012 3:59 AM
It's simply a matter of logic. If you are gaining from a transaction how could you describe it as a "sacrifice"?
geotay Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 10:17 PM

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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