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I wish I could condemn Ayn Rand’s philosophy

Posted by Chance on April 15, 2011

I wrote a really good post about Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism.  In just a few paragraphs I talked about my experience reading Rand and Atlas Shrugged.  I spoke about what I thought of Objectivism, why it was ultimately empty and shallow, and how it ran in contrast to Christianity.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Objectivism is a philosophy that

…the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness or rational self-interest…

I was writing about how such a view is incompatible with Jesus Christ. I felt very proud of my writing, it was well done, complex, explored all these philosophies. I then started to add how such a viewpoint was incompatible with marriage.

Man, how could I have such a philosophy? Where my main concern in marriage, or in Christianity, is my own…happiness.

Hmm.

On second thought maybe Ayn Rand and I aren’t so different. Maybe the only difference between her and I is at least she was honest about how she lived.

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