Do you think Ayn Rand had an overblown opinion of herself?
Topic: Do you think Ayn Rand had an overblown opinion of herself?
June 16, 2019 / By Beta Question:
While I can respect objectivist philosophy and I can admire the fact that she had some eventual success as a writer, Ayn Rand always struck me as having a fiercely overblown opinion of herself and her accomplishments. While she certainly developed a following, much of her career was marked by failure in regards to both sales and critical reception. Her only 2 commercially successful books were the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and neither of them ever received very positive ratings. I was watching an interview featuring her in her later years and almost the entirety of the conversation consisted of Rand ranting about how brilliant she is and how gifted of a child she was and so on. It seems to me that she desperately wanted to liken herself to the herculean protagonists of her books but does anybody actually believe she lived up to her own philosophy?
Best Answers: Do you think Ayn Rand had an overblown opinion of herself?
Agatha | 9 days ago
..... Yes, very much. The woman was extremely egotistical and brash. Plus she hated Christianity.
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -- Ayn Rand
For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket - by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting blackmail from the sinners. [Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual]
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Originally Answered: Ayn Rand, what do you think of her?
I think she was brilliant. I'm so happy that such an intelligent person existed before I was born so that I can experience the good effects of her ideas; I am hoping that eventually we can live in a society where people value logic and reason again.
She was the most moral philosopher in history, and thank goodness for minds like her's.
Here is her essay on Man's Rights, for those who haven't read it.
Most Russians of the early 20th Century do. They yearn for the old days of Czarist Russia. She secretly shunned her Jewish heritage, but outwardly professed she was as jewish as chicken soup.. Further more, Huxley was a lover of hers, poor thing, and as most things from the era Russian literature tends to be dark dreary and morbid, just like their weather.
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No, I think jealous and embarrassed losers just try to find things wrong with people because that is what trips their trigger. Personally I like to get along with people and look for good in them. Unless they are aggressive interfering types-in which case I strive to terminate their aggression.
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Yes, incredibly so. Most smart people realize how much there is that they don't know; she seems to have missed that part.
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Originally Answered: Who exactly is Ayn Rand?
She was a Russian immigrant who penned several long-winded, albeit occasionally interesting, novels and philosophy essays that centered around her belief that "rational self-interest" is the most ethically-sound and effective way for a society to progress, aka Objectivism. She was a devout atheist who believed that the Individual was the pinnacle of ones universe and anything the Individual did in his own interest, no matter how bad it may seem to others, was ALWAYS the right thing to do. She considered altruism to be "evil" and often glorified males with angular features who trampled on anyone who was not as intelligent or resourceful as they are, or as she called them, "looters."