Monday, January 26, 2009

A letter to sally after she sent a link to me...

The connection between todays Libertarians and Rand's contempt for them could be evident in the call to withdrawl back onto ourselves. "get the troops home" and stop pressing outward...I think she would believe in the "right" to conquor those who "live as savages" and who have no "stanndard" or understanding of growth and little means to govern themselves etc...

I was happy to read her quotes and thank you for sending them to me. I do maintain a helpful ( i think) lack of trust for anything I "sense" and I may look into those quotes a bit more but I can see my projection of what I think her beliefs are in a bunch of the quotes, noticably in some that shocked me, particularly about retarded people...Much of her phillosophy in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead - as well as many of her other books - actually all of it, is contained in the abstract world that she creates...and it seems somewhat more shocking, although the truth of it is that it's no different no matter how you apply it (her phillosophy) - but my understanding of phillosophy, anyone's, is that it doesn't stop or avoid any aspects of life...if one has a phillosophy one is consistent, natural, in following it to conclusion in every situtation one encounters...That point allows Rand to say, in what seemed ALMOST (but not quite) in an uncomfortable way...what she says about retarded kids. Without saying it she basically says they should be put to death, that they are a waste or a good human. She says it, instead, by focusing on the mother and the fact that the mother would be sacrificing her very self - but it's the worst type of sacrifice, and maybe not sacrifice at, maybe something worse, because she gets no return for her sacrifice...meaning the child, who cannot learn, will not grow yet will require, essentially the life of the mother to live.

The thought of that example is so strong in my mind - the beauty of the phillosophy when applied to something so "tragic" so "educated" so "indoctrinated" into our psyches (what could be more taboo than killing retarded children) is staggering to me. The beauty of the phillosophy becomes staggering to me when held and applied to this context. How do you feel about it?

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