“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”