Sunday, November 25, 2012
Ayn Rand was a Russian – American novelist and philosopher who propagated the philosophy of objectism - a philosophy full of “I” that it fails to make space for the “we” - that is an integral part of relationships and lose themselves as individuals. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion. She strongly supported rational and ethical egoism while rejecting ethical altruism. In politics, she condemned any sort of forced initiation as immoral and opposed all forms of collectivism or Statism, she supported laissez faire capitalism. She believed that capitalism was the only social system that protected individual rights. She stated that all important questions of life like who am I, what is the purpose? lie in our subconscious, though we are not aware of it, she was critical of philosophers and their traditions but tolerated Aristotle. The Ayn Rand mystique has a huge fan following and many who hate her for propagating the dreadful, atmosphere of intellectual repressiveness that pervades her philosophy. She promoted romantic realism in art and literature and often echoed the sentiment “That it is the happy moments in life that really count.