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  •  Rand did not promote lying to cover true beliefs. (2+ / 0-)
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    She had the highest disdain for people who lied about what they truly believed. She felt that being honest with yourself and with others was the only way to get where you needed to go. There was no compromising your beliefs. If someone was offended by them, to damn bad. She didn't give a shit and neither should you. To her, the individual and his or her needs were the only thing that mattered. No one else's concerns, desires, needs, wants, grievances, etc. were put ahead of your own.  

    Of course when you initially read her works, you're like, sure, an individual should be recognized for the work they do and they should be rewarded for it. When you start digging down into her theory though, you realize just how cruel it is. Caring only about yourself at the expense of another is disturbing. The "i got mine, screw you" mentality does not only not mesh with religious teachings but morally it's wrong.  Do you walk past a sick person because, fuck 'em. No, you try to help that person. Do you lie to get something you want? No, you earn that object through hard work and rewards. So when Ryan lies about how he does not believe in Rand's theories but then releases a budget straight out of Atlas Shrugged or even Fountainhead, one has to wonder: would Rand be impressed with Ryan or would she scoff at the idea of him throwing her philosophy off the cliff in order to look good to people she deemed does not matter?

    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:10:27 AM PDT

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