Ayn Rand presents an argument against individual rights in her essay, Man’s Rights. She believes that these rights do not actually exist outside of the right to life and the right to property; or less specifically, the right to action. Many critics see flaws in her argument however, finding flaws in her reasoning. Rand attempts to argue that egoism and rights entail each other. Egoism being the theory that believes that selfishness is the foundation of morality.
A Hymn to Man’s Ego Be selfish. Most humans cringe at this advice, why would anyone encourage selfishness? Ayn Rand’s philosophy declares in order to achieve our greatest potential, we, as humans, must be selfish. Differentiating from the world’s perception of selfishness, Rand says that the true dictionary definition is simply “concern for oneself” and is an essential to life. Rand expresses her philosophy through the creation of her ideal character, Equality 7-2521, with her same moral values who struggles finding himself as an individual in a collectivist society within the science fiction novel Anthem.
Ayn Rand, the self-proclaimed objectivist is a hypocrite. Rand’s philosophy is that every man has the right to free thought or else he is a slave…. but it seems that only applies as long as it is a man. Her idealistic views are demonstrated throughout Anthem, but fail to stay consistent as her heroin becomes a mindless puppet. Liberty, in Ayn Rand’s Anthem, starts the story as a strong, defiant, courageous woman, slowly devolves into compliant, stereotypical girl obsessed with jewels, scents and her looks, driven by emotion and obsession over Equality.
Selfishness (Ayn Rand’s opinion and whether or not I agree.) The motives behind selfishness are simple really: to further yourself through your own ambitions without consideration for others. It is often said that selfishness can ruin the best of people. Athletes who are said to be selfish are considered a burden on the team, no matter the benefits they may be able to provide. Children are said to be selfish because they are concerned for their well being first and foremost.
Every person is unique and have their own opinions on certain topics. In the novel, Anthem, by Ayn Rand, she talks of the struggles of an egotistical individual with greater curiosity than his society allows. This man, Equality 7-2521, creates the invention of electricity, and instead of being applauded, he is condemned. He struggles through the various rules and laws of his society, for he is completely different from all of his brothers. In an excerpt called “The Soul of an Individualist”, Rand elaborates on the idea of an individualist, and allows the reader to get a better view at how passionate she is about one’s self.
Ayn Rand’s Anthem gives an interesting take on what a society without a sense of individualism would look like. The main character of this book, Equality 7-2521, struggles with his life when he wants to take off on his own path and express his personal ideas, however everyone else meets these ideas with anger and skepticism. Everyone has been persuaded to believe that everybody is equal and no one has the right to have individualised thoughts. Equality 7-2521’s thirst for knowledge helps him break out of these chains. His desire to learn leads him to branch out and explore new things, helping him form new individualised thoughts.
Ayn Rand’s Anthem is a very interesting narrative, where you experience the fight between collectivism and rational egoism. A young man called Equality 7-2521 is put in a foster home, where he could not leave the house or else he faces punishment. He ventures off into a tunnel late nights where he takes time out to write his thoughts down and develop new ideas. Equality 7-2521 is then truly admired by this one girl he calls “The Golden One.” In the piece, Equality 7-2521 is example of rational egoism. He portrays a great of self-interest in the narrative.
94)” In Ayn Rand’s book Anthem, the main character Equality finally learns the word “I.” He finally begins to think for himself after years of living in a society where the word “I” was banned. The people in the society that Equality lived in could never think of themselves, but could only think of what would benefit everyone. In an excerpt of a novel titled The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, she talks about individualism versus collectivism. Anthem deals with this topic as well. Equality’s road to individuality begins with standing up to his oppressors and learning that thinking for one’s self is the only way to happiness and success.
Ayn Rand in her novel Anthem exhibits a society where people only purpose is to serve and better the community. Rand was writing Anthem, while World War 2 was emerging and she was watching countries change their views on society and the citizens in it. Some of these countries started to force their citizens into a mold. Thinking that society would be benefit if everyone was like-minded. Rand wanted to show these views in an extreme situation to demonstrate what could happen in the future if countries continued to do this.
Why did Ayn Rand believe in Objectivism? Is relying on yourself for every situation a good thing? Ayn Rand grew up with lots of political influence in her home country Russia. Ayn Rand’s books were very controversial in the political side of things she went along with a lot of objectivism, which in simpler form means that you can only use rational self-interest to survive. Rand taught herself to read and write before school (Motowski 153).When she started school she took German and French classes, but her favorite were math and logic.