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The Morality of Selfishness

I would not take up much time on this topic at least I don’t expect. This was something that crossed my mind and I thought I would share it. It is on the Morality of selfishness. I am vaguely familiar with the concept of Objectivism popularized by the philosopher and the author, Ayn Rand. It is a similar concept I wish to unpack. In a world where truth should be thought as a guidepost for human conduct it is not always as simple as that. There is the ever glaring reality that everything is seen through a lens. By this I mean culture is the barrier from objectivity. Once we have noticed this we are half way their. There comes the realization from my perspective that man cannot live individual lives without some level of self centeredness. There are social constructs in the way of a pure sense of what is actually right and what is wrong. There is a blurred line where we must act based on what is most acceptable in society. To be effectively moral we must take care of our own space and function with a certain level of self-interest. This is the cost of living within society. The philosopher Ayn Rand’s believes in an every man for himself philosophy where she sites capitalism as a virtuous state. Some might think it takes an idea to extremes. Ironically I see this as a truth that persists, that no man can help others if he cannot first help himself. There is nothing to be ashamed of when a man seeks to secure his own security. I could go as far as saying it is right of him to do so. No man can be faulted for finding wealth and bettering himself.



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