Existentialism and life

Anybody who’s read Ayan Rand would instantly relate to the concept of “Existentialism” – A Philosophy that speaks of a person’s “objective” outlook towards life and living – A life, devoid of any pre-concieved notions of what’s “right” and “wrong”.

Most of us have a certain way of viewing the world which directly relates to our beliefs, to a dogma which forms the basis for the way we live. It could be either “Subjective” – which relates to our emotions at any given point of time, or could be “Intrinsic’ – which leads us to believe that “good” or “bad” is an inherent property of whatever we see or feel.

Objectivism talks about a philosophy of life which is grounded in reality. Values and ethics which we form are said to be “Objective” if they meet the cognitive needs of the human brain – evaluating something, based on a standard rationale of thought.

Rand, while explaining “Existentialism”, had coined the phrase that “existence exists” – Meaning, objective reality exists irrespective of a person’s emotions, feelings,fears, etc. It holds that reason is man’s only tool to percieve reality, and all actions should be guided by the same.

A major theme of Objectivist philosophy talks about “selfishness” as the highest form of virtue any human being can have.

Rand wrote:
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.

Thats Objectivism.

Well, on a lighter note,I do not know why I am putting this up at 8:00 am in the morning!!…”existence” issues on a Wednesday morning doesn’t augur too well for the week eh?!!…..

Anyways, happy living!!

One thought on “Existentialism and life

  1. ur right about wht rand said..bt isnt our perspective of life almost always subjective…doesnt tht decide our happiness then…if ur wondering y u’ve written abt existence at 8.00 am i’m wondering wht i’m doing commenting on it at 9.oo .am//..

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