Are 21st-Century Americans the Most Spoiled People in World History?

Writing about this story regarding Lara Imler, I accidentally stumbled on to some of the comments on the NPR article (I don’t typically read those). Here is what the story said: Imler, a 37-year-old hair stylist in Anchorage, ditched her office job as an accountant in 2004. She says she loves making people feel better about themselves and is a lot happier cutting hair than she was sitting in front of a computer. But she does miss one big thing about her old job: “I had health insurance, and it Read more […]

“Do This and Live”

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, Ayn Rand was known for her views of “anti-altruism,” or what she called the virtue of selfishness. However, what Rand called “selfishness” would be more accurate if it was referred to as “self-interest.” Pure selfishness is a total ignorance of the wants or needs of others, while self-interest does not promote such egotistical notions. Leonard Read explains: A vast majority of people in this and other countries, including many noted scholars, confuse Read more […]

Selfishness of the Fittest?

Ayn Rand became famous (infamous) for her views on altruism. As an atheist, Rand was convinced that doing things that were not in the individual’s own self-interest was pure foolishness. In order to make her point she used shocking language—not in the sense of being vulgar, but in the sense of being forthright. The title of one of her philosophical books (in reality, all of her books—even the fictitious ones—were philosophical) was The Virtue of Selfishness. Shocking? You bet. And yet this Read more […]