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Egoist not Egotist

Paulus Textor Wrote: Jun 04, 2012 10:21 AM
Ayn Rand made this distinction long ago. An "egoist" is one who believes in individual rights and individual responsibility. An "egotist" is simply a puffed-up blowhard. An egoist makes his living by creating something and trading it with others. An egotist makes his living by gaming the system. Egoists make great business leaders. Egotists make typical politicians.
TexasVRWC Wrote: Jun 04, 2012 1:47 PM
But with the current egotist in the White House with his class warfare rhetoric, everyone needs to be reminded about the difference every once in a while.
PecosPete.38 Wrote: Jun 04, 2012 10:27 AM
Now, if you & Charles can help me to get 'theist' & 'deist' straight in my mind, I'll be thrilled! I think I need visuals, such as Charles put up in this essay....cause I can't keep those two words straight.
Sword of Light Wrote: Jun 04, 2012 2:02 PM
Deism is a subset of theism. A theist believes that there is at least one god. A deist believes that there is a god, or "creative force," that can be discovered through reason and scientific observation, and that does not communicate through divine revelation. A deist is not a Christian, although the deistic god frequently resembles the Biblical God very closely.
PecosPete.38 Wrote: Jun 04, 2012 4:08 PM
Thank you, Sword of Light. This explanation of yours may stick with me. Let's hope so.

Over the holiday weekend my son and I chilled in Soho, New York, where there is always a cool scene, lots of good-looking people and cars. At a red light, there was a Lamborghini Murcielago whose license plate read: "Humble." Initially, my son and I chuckled at the hypocrisy or odd understanding of being humble, but then it struck. I'd been thinking about the difference between egoist and egotist for a while and this was a great way to attempt to illustrate the differences.

I realize there is a complicated philosophy and different interpretations of egoist, but for me, the...