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The Selfishness Debate: Ayn Rand vs the Dalai Lama

para_dimz Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 9:25 AM
No student of Rand, here. But I've gleaned this much. That I thought Rand imputed a kind of selfishness to altruism in that the rewards of it were equated with any other type of reward. I haven't sensed a hostility to altruism from Rand so much as a hair splitting definition of the personal rewards arising out of it to fit her world view. I also thought she did quite well explaining the naturally existing limiter to the malovent side of selfishness in that the selfishness of others would restrain it. I think she protrays the working natural law quite well. Its when we overlay our real statutory law onto her worldview with all the machinations of powwr plays that enter into the evaluation that we fail to see her side clearly.
Joseph64 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 11:43 AM
The second part of your comment only works when government doesn't act to promote the greed of one group (such as socialists/communists) while restraining the greed of others (such as capitalists). Then the greed of the one group is allowed to run roughshod over all the other groups to their own benefit and to the detriment of society as a whole.

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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