“Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn’t matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows a hundred times,
Come, and come yet again, come.”—
HELP. I’m talking to an Ayn Rand bot. He’s an intelligent human being for the most part, just one of the many that have been sucked up into her selfish little vaccuum of self important motives. What is your opinion of Ayn Rand? What would you say to someone drinking her kool-aid? Much Appreciated.
I’ve said it before. I consider Rand and her philosophy to be the epistemological equivalent of methadone. A controlled dose of objectivism is a hell of a lot better than the dirty street junk most people shoot into their arms, but it’s still no way to live.
No doubt your friend is an intelligent person. Most people who bother to pick up a book these days are above average, and nobody goes hot tubbing with Ayn Rand without first peeling off their Sunday School clothes.
Still, she’s an easy trap. Her philosophy is very easy to grasp, and it’s incredibly satisfying to the ego. It’s candy being sold as health food, so naturally people gobble it up.
At its best, objectivism is a gateway philosophy. It’s epistemology with training wheels, the stuff teenagers read before moving on to the real thing.
At its worst, selfish assholes latch on to her value system of ethical egoism and rational self interest, and they get absolutely giddy with what they perceive to be her rejection of altruism. Their surface interpretation of her moral code gives them every excuse to be narcissistic pricks who pride themselves on taking without giving.
What they fundamentally misunderstand, and to an extent what Rand herself misunderstood, is that an ethical system based on living for the sake of one’s self as opposed to living for the sake of others is completely missing the point. There is no self. There is no other.
Obviously, if you start talking to a selfish asshole about egoless notions of one love or one universal consciousness, he’s just gonna shake his head and think you’re a new-age fruitcake. It’s a total fucking waste of time. After all, using mind-based arguments to try and rationally convince an ego that it doesn’t exist is impossible. This is why you’re gonna have trouble sobering up someone who’s been drinking kool-aid from the Fountainhead.
Still, the fundamental flaw in Rand’s thinking is that she was never able to separate ego from consciousness. She confused and combined those two inherently different philosophical constructs. I’ll spare you her metaphysical hoop-jumping, but her entire world view is based on the faulty ego-biased premise of our isolated individuality.
Sure, we’re each individuals. We’re born, we live, and we die as discrete units of self, but her philosophy places such primacy on egoism that the whole exercise becomes childish. She presents an “every man for himself” mentality, heroizes the individual, and then narratively extends the positive benefits of her philosophy to its illogical yet idealized conclusion.
I’ll happily concede that on a primal level, operating from a position of rational self-interest is perfectly acceptable. The law of the jungle never really ceases to apply, and there is no doubt a certain kind of virtue in selfishness, but none of it will get you higher than the first couple of rungs on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
They say man cannot live on bread alone. Well, man cannot find happiness, much less enlightenment, on rational self interest alone, regardless of how ethical. This isn’t about proving Rand wrong. It’s about showing your friend that objectivism is an incomplete philosophy.
“And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help to destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America - then, all of the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine”—Malcolm X (via miss-amna)
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Away from the headlines, Palestinians have been trying to advance their statehood agenda in small but symbolic ways in United Nations agencies that fall off the radar for most people.But even on the outer reaches of the sprawling U.N. system, their efforts have been blocked by a United States resolved not to display the slightest tilt toward Palestinians as it tries to act as honest broker in their halting peace talks with Israel.Many Israelis suspect President Barack Obama is bent on establishing a Palestinian state at any cost. But in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinians’ limited self-rule in the West Bank, they think he’s not as serious about it as he sounds.”We could have gone to voting and got what we wanted,” said Sulaiman Zuhairi, a member ofthe Palestinian delegation last month at a meeting in Mexico of the International Telecommunications Union.He tabled a motion that would have secured them the rights of a member state, and after months of diplomatic preparation, it was endorsed by around 50 countries and was on track to pass with the backing of an additional 40 states.”We asked for the rights and privileges of a state but without being a member state. Let them call us whatever they want, but I wanted all the rights of a member state,” he said.There were U.S. objections, however, and the Palestinians backed down, fearing the consequences of rocking the boat, which Zuhairi did not detail.
There was no comment from the U.S. State Department on his account. But the U.S. objections were consistent with a long-standing policy that treats the stateless Palestinians as no more than an observer member of the United Nations.
That includes Palestinian efforts to force the diplomatic agenda. Palestinian officials say even small steps in the obscure U.N. agencies have been quashed as a potentially harmful to the carefully balanced twin-track policy.When the Palestinians in September made their first bid for full access to the UNESCO committee where states may seek the return of antiquities, their representative Hamdan Taha hoped to use the body to pursue the recovery of tens of thousands of artefacts removed during the Israeli occupation.Their proposal would have allowed the Palestinians and the Vatican, which both have observer status, to table their concerns in the same way as member states, said Taha.But the U.S. representative alone opposed the idea, he said.”In the U.S. intervention, it was noted that the change Palestine had demanded introduced a new element. It wasn’t a complete rejection, but an attempt to delay the discussion.”
I hope you all had an amazing day full of peace and happiness (and lots of food) with friends and fam. I hope it wasn’t as cold as it was out here in Calgary and that it was a memorable one in a positive way. And I pray that Allah accepts all of our prayers, duas, and fasts during these blessed days.
For those of you on here who are really such awesome people and are concerned about my future here on Tumblr, i feel i should tell you all i’ve realized much in this short while and i’ve decided i’m not going anywhere. For me to leave a community like this would be crazy; y’all are too important to me and i couldn’t turn my back on you all like that. I still can’t believe it, just how Tumblr makes an unworthy guy like myself seem special is beyond my understanding but it’s left me humbled, honoured, and thankful. I can’t express how much i appreciate all the personal messages and unbelievably kind sentiments, and i wish to somehow make it up to all of you and insha’Allah i will, believe it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for “And it don’t stop” to finally start being perpetual. Much love, everyone; i can’t thank y’all enough.
Tests show young men who keep their phones in a pants pocket have reduced sperm counts.
Some scientists have, for decades, known about the adverse effects that radiofrequency causes in the brain. For example, radiofrequency allows chemicals and toxins from the blood, which are normally kept away from the nervous system, to enter the brain and cause disease.
The work of Dr. Lennart Hardell in Sweden should make cell phone users reconsider their practices. Swedes who have used cell phones the most and for the longest times have more malignant brain tumors than others. After a decade of use the risk of brain tumors is doubled. Similar results were found by scientists in Israel, Finland, Russia and England. Hardell has also found that teenagers using cell phones end up after a decade with four times more brain cancers.
Earlier today, the winners of the Donner Awards (“for excellence in the delivery of social services”) were announced. Personally, I’ve argued against applying for this award in non-profits I work with/for, especially those involved with public health.
The following quote from Mary Jane Ashley [Professor of Public Health Department of Public Health Sciences, and Chair, Expert Committee, Ontario Minister of Health’s Advisory Panel on the Review of the Ontario Tobacco Strategy] regarding two conferences the Fraser Institute (which runs the Donner Awards) sponsored on the tobacco industry will give you an idea of why:
“The public relations campaign against tobacco regulation now being supported by Canada’s Fraser Institute is a classic example of the tobacco industry’s decades-long effort to confuse the media and the public about the risks of tobacco industry products and second-hand smoke. In particular, the attempt to undermine the scholarship and credibility of institutions like the reports of the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization is nothing more than an attack on epidemiology, indeed upon science itself.
What is difficult to comprehend is why the Fraser Institute would put its credibility on the line by becoming allied with the tobacco industry’s latest efforts to either misinform the public or to undermine credible scientific authorities. At best, working hand-in-hand with tobacco manufacturers on conferences about ‘junk science’ and tobacco industry regulation calls into question the ethics and judgement of the Fraser Institute. But getting into bed with the international masters of the use of ‘junk science’ and disinformation to block public health reform is cavalier and irresponsible.”
Republican Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace in 1968.
Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating incumbent William Howard Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie in 1940.
Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman elected governor in the United States without succeeding her husband in 1974.
President Bill Clinton won a second term over former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in 1996.
Walter E. Washington, became the 1st elected mayor of Washington D.C. in 1974.
Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first elected African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives in 1968.
Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for crimes against humanity in 2006.
A shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base in 2009.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in a presidential election in 1872. She never paid.
ATS-3 was launched by the United States to take 1st pictures of full Earth disk in 1967.
Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moved overland to Dryden in 1983.
Space probe Ulyssus completed 1st passage behind the Sun in 1994.
STS-73 (Columbia 18), landed in 1995.
Iranian Prime Minister Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigned to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1978.
The Iranian government of Bazargan resigns in 1979.
United States troops conquered Loc Ninh South Vietnam in 1967.
Yemen president Abdullah as-Sallal flees the country in 1967.
Afghanistan surrenders to the British army in 1840.
General John Pershing leads U.S. troops into the first American action against German forces in 1917.
Hitler informs his military leaders of his intentions of going to war in 1937.
German troops blew up Heusden North Brabant city hall, killing 134 people in 1944.
A single British plane dropped four bombs on the Vatican, destroying a mosaic studio near the Vatican railway station and breaking the windows of the high cupola of St. Peter’s, and nearly destroying Vatican Radio in 1943.
Lord Moyne, a British official, was assassinated by the Zionist Stern gang in Cairo, Egypt in 1944.
Sinclair Lewis becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Babbit in 1930.
Parker Brothers launches the board game Monopoly in 1937.
Supreme Court decision (Buchanan vs. Warley) strikes down Lousiville Kentucky ordiance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas in 1917.
Chairman Henry Hyde of the Judiciary Committee asked President Clinton to answer 81 questions for the House impeachment inquiry in 1998.
Arizona, Kansas and Wisconsin vote for female suffrage in 1912.
Utah accepts female suffrage in 1895.
Emperor Wilhelm II and French Jozef I establishes kingdom of Poland in 1916.
Calbraith Rodgers arrived in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight in 1911. He left Sheepshead Bay, New York on September 17th.
Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation in 1838.
French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law in 1789.
The 1st post office in the United States colonies is set up in Massachusetts in 1639.
In California, a grizzly bear underwent a successful cataract operation at the Zoological Garden in 1844.
In South Africa, Goban Mbeki was released after serving 24 years in the Robben Island prison in 1987. He had been sentenced to life for treason against the white minority government of South Africa.
Scientists published a genetic study that showed strong evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child (Eston Hemings) of his slave, Sally Hemings in 1998.
Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Kach movement, was shot to death after a speech at a New York Hotel in 1990. His assassin, Egyptian El Sayyid, was later convicted of the murder and was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the World Trade Center bombing.
Malice Green, a black motorist, was beaten to death in Detroit during a struggle with police in 1992. Two officers were later convicted in his death and sentenced to prison.
Tropical Storm Thelma caused severe and massive floods in the Philippines, killing nearly 3,000 people in 1991.
Err. please disregard my last message. Also just realized that your name 99% likely is not noor deen... you just got a kick out of it. Ok, i'm done with the procrastinating. Please don't unfollow for me for this lol (temporary lack of sanity).
that’s it, you’re getting unfollowed!.. lol jks don’t worry, it’s a tumblr pre-requisite, the temporary lack of sanity that is, everyone on here has their moments; they just never get caught lol.
this is probably going to sound creepy. but i don't mean it to be. i was just lurking on your blog (in a non-threatening way) and my little hover-address thingy (i don't know what you call it) showed that most of the links your page to your other sites say noor deen in the addy! and then i remembered that you reblogged my chinese/arabic calligraphy piece and you said you were dying because his name was noor deen. IS YOUR NAME NOOR DEEN TOO? thats crazy. in a cool way! please don't judge i've been up for 3 days straight for exams. lol. i will slink away in shame now
Salaam, lol i swear it’s impossible on these social networking sites to not seem like a creeper, so from one inadvertent creeper to another: don’t worry about it lol. and i think i know what you mean, and yeah the reason you’re seeing “noordeen” pop up in the hover-thing you’re seeing is because noordeen is my last name, mohamed is my first lol. imagine me and my surprise due to my love of calligraphy, especially arab/islamic script, to see that the artist’s name is my whole last name (you see, i never hear the two words together, as a last name or two separate names, anything. so i was ecstatic). lol i think if you were me, you’d be reeling too. and don’t worry, we’re in the same boat with the exam struggles. all the best insha’Allah with your exams and studies! one tip though: Tumblr is the biggest obstacle to focusing during these trying times. i’m sure you already know this though :P
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
ahaha imaginary cause I don't actually know who you are and if you really exist. For all I know you can be some 45 year old uncle living a block away from my house trying to find his fourth wife ha
holla in my direction whenever you're in or near the chi, fatima (newfilosofee) is coming to visit in a few weeks
- shireen/AP/that girl that writes a lot about palestine
lol i’ve been trying to come up with a witty response to this for a couple of days now but i give up. you’ve got me all figured out, AP. my followers deserve to know my real identity so i’ll display this for all to see, andd i’ll post a GPOY soon for all to satisfy any lingering doubts that i am indeed an ancient and senile old man.
if i’m ever in the chi i’ll take you up on that offer, Shireen; i know you know all the best spots in the city. and back at ya’, if you’re ever in Southern Alberta, you better holla. (and you don’t say Fatima is coming in a few weeks? you’re going to be in the documentary eh? how exciting!) well you’ll soon be even more infamous in a couple of weeks i figure so take care and don’t let the fame get to you =P
- mohamed/the imaginary one/ that old guy apparently seeking numerous nuptials