- The Girl from St. Petersburg
- Essayist, Novelist and Philosopher
- The Rise and Solidification of an American Philosophy.
- Aym Randy is the pen name for Terence Ashley.
- The pen name will be associated with the development of Ayn Rand’s (Alisa Rosenbaum) philosophy of Objectivism at Randnism.com, a philosophy that puts the individual first, and has a global default philosophy value of collectivism.
A Philosophy by AYN RAND
IV. Randnism tm
From the very beginning, further define Ayn Rand’s philosophy through a single paragraph to show that Objectivism – a fact based philosophy – is a mainstay and mainstream philosophy born in mid 1900 America by a girl from St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s a philosophy that boast an absolute global default value of collectivism – every individual wants to be viewed as a “heroic being” in the eyes of their parents or guardians:
Man is a “heroic being”. For example, across great leagues of time and many disciplines, man has accomplished heroics through productive achievement; and thousands of generations have repeatedly and meticulously catalogued these individual and collective heroics in library books and museum halls of nations both small and large, and nations in between; and through selfishness – positive, of course – has forced the knowledge of these catalogued heroics upon generations, and will continue to warmly force the knowledge of these catalogued heroics upon generations to come through positive selfishness as long as the human race strives to achieve a continued, acceptable and productive existence through designed intention or blind randomness, where reason – sometimes – is not clear.
Philosophy literally means the “love of wisdom”. “It is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reasons, mind and language.”
Metaphysics: Objective Reality
Rand’s Three Axioms: (coming)
Existence, Consciousness and Identity:
“the base of knowledge and of any further statement pertaining to that knowledge…”
- The first of Rand’s axioms, existence, appears to reside in a subset.
- “…existence [General Relativity] is the perceptually self-evident [Special Relativity] fact at the base of all knowledge.
- If a person, a planet or a sun exist, and resides in the subset of existence, that which contains all things that exist, then existence, because it exist like the person, the planet and the sun, also resides in the subset of existence because it exist too.
- So, if existence resides in the subset, too – it does – then what is the real whole set that contains all things – including existence – that exist?
- Objectivist does not believe something exist above existence.
- This appears to be a true statement, because existence is the container that contains everything that exist – tangible, intangible; animate and inanimate – including its self; and if anything did exist above existence, it would still fall within the container of existence because it exist.
- The interpretation here is that existence has no limit or boundaries; it goes on forever; has no beginning or end, and appear to exist in two different places at the same time, the subset and the whole set.
Ann Rand’s Philosophy: Tenets: The Essence of
The three core tenets (beliefs) of Objectivism are powerful, so when subscribing to these tenets as a way of improving your life, do so according to the three tenets as stated below:
- “…the concept of man as a heroic being with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life…”
- “…with productive achievement as his noble activity…”
- “…and reason as its only absolute…”
Central Tenets: Others
“…reality exists independently of consciousness…”
- Reality, for example, governs what’s real, or is what’s real. Consciousness is real too, and it is governed by reality; however, consciousness permits the awareness of reality or what is real.
“…human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception…”
- If it can be experienced through touch, taste, smell, hearing, seeing or intuition, then both the tangible and the intangible are real, no matter if these tangibles or intangibles are real or perceived to be real.
- For example, if you touched a warm stove, then you experienced the sensation of warmth from the stove by touching the warm stove.
“…one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic…”
- If a person wants to know if they are standing at the intersection of State St. and Jackson St. in Chicago, they can use memory reference or images stored in their memory to determine if they are standing at the intersection of State St. and Jackson St. in Chicago without looking up at the State St. and Jackson St. street signs to determine if they are indeed standing at the intersection of State St. and Jackson St. in Chicago.
- If a person provides some evidence of truth through inductive logic, then the possible truth has been proved or satisfied. For example, a person says they won the lottery. The person who said they won the lottery only needs to provide the winning lottery ticket as possible evidence that they won the lottery.
“…the proper moral purpose of one’s own life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness…”
- A person was not born into the world to live a life of unhappiness, but once a person becomes of age, the person enters the world with the belief that the world will result in an ideal situation for them, which is the ultimate state of some form of happiness. Furthermore, this state of happiness, if achieved, will be morally defined by the value system of the person.
- On the other hand, if a person is not capable of pursuing their own happiness due to pre-birth abnormalities or post-birth medical conditions that causes dysfunction(s) that prevents the person from pursuing their own happiness, then it is the responsibility of government to pursue the happiness of said person. The ultimate state of the incapable person’s happiness will be morally defined by the value system of the government.
- If a social system minimizes a persons rights by whatever means or methods to the point where a person cannot fully exert themselves in the pursuit of their own happiness by employing and maximizing all of the tools of the social system, then how can a person truly achieve a complete state of pure happiness or satisfaction for themselves?
- A social system that permits one to fully exert themselves by employing and maximizing the usage of all the tools of the social system is a social system that mimics laissez-faire. Such a social system, at the very least, would state that an individual “…is a basic unit in a society”, and “…has a right to freedom”. These two beliefs are the cornerstones of respect for an individual’s rights.
“…the role of art in human life is to transform human’s metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form – a work of art – that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.”
- An intangible thought can be extracted from the mind and transformed into a tangible. For example, the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) in Chicago leaped from someone’s imagination into the realm of reality in downtown Chicago.
- A person can repeatedly employ the thought selection process for as many times as one would like to do so. For example, a person might have three different ideas for three different paintings, songs, or novels, so once the person has created or produced the first piece of art work, the person can then transform another thought or idea of an art piece into another real piece of art work.
- Why do we read our favorite books? Why do we paint? Why do we pay to see a movie? Why do we visit an art institutes or museum? Why do we dress-up for Halloween? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Why do decorate the house during the Christmas period? Why is the independence day of a nation celebrated. Why does one wear perfume or cologne? Why does a person dance? Why do we listen to music? Why does a person write or sing a song?
- We do all of these things because we want to experience, revisit, share or elicit a certain emotion – only through comprehension can we experience an emotion stimulated by a piece of art work, whether the intended emotion is achieved, or not.
Why does a person write or sing a song?
Individualism v Collectivism
- Ayn Rand believed Individualism is “superior to Collectivism“.
- For example, when an infant, he or she, takes their first steps, its beginning to learn how to walk has started with this one step.
- The infant then builds onto this one step with a collection of other steps; once these series of steps are formed, only then has a state of cohesiveness has been formed amongst the collections of individual steps.
- Furthermore, there cannot be a collection (more than one) without a singularity.
- All energy subscribes to the single energy equation Energy = Matter (E=M), no matter what the form of the energy might be, and, too, collectively resides in the subset of the energy equation.
Parental Eyes and Apples
- A child wants to be seen as the apple of their parents eyes, and therefore, knowingly or not knowingly, wants to become a hero to the parent(s) through repeated praise from the parents through child’s own individual actions; meaning, if a parent praises a child for something, the child will repeat the action to regenerate the praise.
- If another sibling sees the praise, this child is subject to repeat the action of the first child to generate the same praise from the parent, which is the very beginning of collectivism.
- Individualism is the cornerstone of Collectivism, and therefore is superior to collectivism.
Selfishness: Negative and Positive
What is negative and positive selfishness?
- Negative selfishness is the lack of respect or disregard for another’s space, property, belief or rights.
- Positive selfishness is the setting of limits, boundaries or parameters to limit, subdue or prevent the onset of negative selfishness.
In Ayn Rand’s “Fountainhead”, Howard Roark set positive selfish limits on those who want to impose on him their way of life or their way of doing things (negative selfishness) in the face of a lesser standard or lesser product or lesser outcome.
Would Newtonian Physics present in objectivism?
- Because a minimum of two forces can be present in opposition of each other, Newtonian physics are present in Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism: when negative selfishness pushes, positive selfishness will push back by attempting to set some form of sliding scale limits on negative selfishness.
The following books, films and play are based on Ayn Rand’s Philosphy of Objectivism:
The Movie Trailers
A Brief Exploratory Question of Objectivism
- Has Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism positioned its self at the very core of economics, and documents that govern a nation and the subsets of a nation with respect to documents that govern a nation and its citizens?
- The answer to this queston is yes. In the quest to live a successful and productive life, humans sit at the very core of economics and documents that govern a nation and its subsets.
“…the concept of man…”
“the concept of man as a heroic being…”
Below are stated three example of heroic people:
- Yes We Can
- “We choose to go to the moon!”
- Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation…
- On the Basis of Sex
What is Randnism?
- Randnism is the acceptance, studying and practice of the field of philosophy known as Objectivism as put forth by essayist, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand.
Randnism is a sliding scale philosophy.
You can practice parts of Randnism that supports your belief(s) or way of life, or you can practice the entire philosophy.
- You can adopt some or all of the tenets (stated in “Objectivism” above) and what Ayn Rand says is her philosophy: “…the concept of man as a heroic being with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noble activity, and reason as its only absolute.”
- Or you can practice just some or all of the tenets of Objectivism.
- Or you can just simply practice her philosophy of man: “…the concept of man as a heroic being with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noble activity, and reason as its only absolute.”
- J. Burns: some critics “dismiss Rand as a shallow thinker appealing only to adolescents.”
- T. Ashley: Rand’s philosophy encompasses General Relativity, Special Relativity and Einstein’s Grand Unified Theory, which states that there is a relationship between General and Special Relativity.
- T. Ashley: Only in 2006 was a correction made in the Einstein famous energy equation of “energy equals mass [matter] times the speed of light squared”; mass presented its very own equation; at the same time, the base equation of energy equals matter (E=M) surfaced.
- When Einstein first presented “Relativity” to the public, only a very few people understood it.
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