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Category: Philosophy

Ethics and Honesty

“Integrity does not consist of loyalty to one’s subjective whims, but of loyalty to rational principles.” ~Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness pg.81

Besides painting and art, one of my passions in life is philosophy, especially the subject of ethics.  If we don’t ponder, consider critically our actions and thought processes, we don’t grow.  While ethics is really quite simple, the process in which we derive our conclusions is evolutionary.  This is true, particularly in today’s society.

Unfortunately, as with human nature, there are people who view ethics as a relative matter.  They seem to rationalize behavior in a manner that is suitable for their wants and attempt for self gratification affecting them in an immediate future or present tense, without thought or reflection of how their actions and behaviors affect others.

This post is not to psycho analyze con artists or delusional people, rather… to make a statement of recognition for myself and maybe encourage anyone else out there – that if you recognize a dishonest person in action – don’t assume you can help them or find Reason in their activities.  It’s the time to be “selfish” and do the best for you each day.

For productive reading on the subject of ethics, I often refer to; “The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Ethics

*Ayn Rand Lexicon online

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Meaning in words…

I continuously add to my list of terms to further define.
Below are just a few:
* dogmatism
* other non-religious definitions
* nihilism

I remember my father describing some of what Friedrich Nietzsche believed, and while most of what he (Dad) said probably went right over my head, I remember being repulsed. So far from what I have read, I don’t have much of an interest in learning more about Nietzsche for my own development, but I have found some the terms associated with him interesting and wonder if having a better general understanding of this and other philosophies will help me with my grand quest of learning to communicate effectively. It’s important to check our own premise, assumptions and bias, as I have found I’ve used some terms incorrectly in the past causing great misunderstandings unless or until I clarify.

Well, learning is never-ending. While doing so – we live. Hopefully most days with a smile. 😉 (Yes, I say so though I’ve been quite a grumpy lately myself.)

“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” ~Epicurus

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Prodos interview with Andrew Bernstein

While working on my files this afternoon I listened to a very good Prodos interview with Andrew Bernstein about his most recent book called The Capitalist Manifesto.
I can’t wait to get this book and learn more about the history behind capitalism.

I’ve always found it fascinating to learn about how Europe (in particular) tried to transform from feudalism to a modern society, and I think this book will be enlightening in that regard.

I highly recommend the interview as Prodos keeps the show interesting and informative!

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