Anybody who’s read Ayan Rand would instantly relate to the concept of “Existentialism” – A Philosophy that speaks of a person’s “objective” outlook towards life and living – A life, devoid of any pre-concieved notions of what’s “right” and “wrong”.
Most of us have a certain way of viewing the world which directly relates to our beliefs, to a dogma which forms the basis for the way we live. It could be either “Subjective” – which relates to our emotions at any given point of time, or could be “Intrinsic’ – which leads us to believe that “good” or “bad” is an inherent property of whatever we see or feel.
Objectivism talks about a philosophy of life which is grounded in reality. Values and ethics which we form are said to be “Objective” if they meet the cognitive needs of the human brain – evaluating something, based on a standard rationale of thought.
Rand, while explaining “Existentialism”, had coined the phrase that “existence exists” – Meaning, objective reality exists irrespective of a person’s emotions, feelings,fears, etc. It holds that reason is man’s only tool to percieve reality, and all actions should be guided by the same.
A major theme of Objectivist philosophy talks about “selfishness” as the highest form of virtue any human being can have.
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
Well, on a lighter note,I do not know why I am putting this up at 8:00 am in the morning!!…”existence” issues on a Wednesday morning doesn’t augur too well for the week eh?!!…..
Anyways, happy living!!