This really exposes to me the tragedy of the state, and the objectivity of freedom. And it also depresses me, because I feel like long-lasting change is hopeless. The pendulum will always swing back towards despotism.
This book should change your life. If it doesn’t, then there is something wrong with you.
Sadly, I believe that most of the content in this book is just going to fly over the heads of most readers. So I’m only posting this with the hope that some people get it. And also because I myself enjoyed the book.
This man makes me want to become even more strenuous in my own writing; finding as many absolute truths as possible to understand and disseminate in my own life.
To call this work “thought-provoking” is an understatement.
This book is a challenging read: “challenging” in the sense that it challenges many ideas that appear almost unbreakable in today’s world. It is “radical” in that it is a minority, if not non-existent, idea in today’s world. But it shines like a glistening gem, contrasted with the muck that is popular today. I don’t know what hope there is in the future, but at least I can understand for myself what realities are out there and find internal peace for them, even if ultimately, its truths are not realized by “the public”, and thus do not come to fruition, and I have my own personal reasons for not wanting to be a “teacher” to individuals.
This woman is so intelligent.
I agree with what she says about altruism and collectivism in the political sense, but I still think that people can care for one another in charitable ways, even though one does get a personal enjoyment from helping others. That’s obviously the point that she made. But I suppose that truly, one doesn’t choose to help another person out unless it makes the person helping the other feel good.
“How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist urges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people.”