Bridges hands all of the power to his Eros, stating that “Ah yet no victim of thy grace, None who e’er long for thy embrace, Hath cared to look upon thy face.” meaning that although humans long for love’s embrace, they do not wish to see that power that the love has over them, instead choosing to live in happy oblivion. In contrast, Stevenson’s Eros is completely at the mercy of humanity - in fact, his unsightly looks is directly caused by “the sum Of blows your lust delivered one by one”, referring to himself and the other gods as “We slaves who are immortal”. The difference between who is subjected to whose whims is extremely different depending on the author of the
It’s an obvious difference between taking pride in oneself and taking another's life, but where does humanity draw the line between wrong and right. In the dystopian world of Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, none of these problems are existent due to lack of individuality. This makes Equality 7-2521’s need to be an individual seem all the more drastic, no matter how innocent it may seem to readers. Equality’s need to be his own person and motivation to follow his childhood dream of being a
You can infer from her essay that she does not agree with this lifestyle. In her essay she states, “Nothing can corrupt and disintegrate a culture or a man’s character as thoroughly as does the precept of moral agnosticism, the idea that one must never pass moral judgement on others, that one must be morally tolerant of anything, that the good consists of never distinguishing good from evil.” This is in fact a true statement. By becoming morally agnostic its like you don't care. you in other words have no morals. Ayn Rand seems to agree that this is a bad
The reason that this happens is built into collectivism itself and it is identified perfectly in the speech The Soul of a Collectivist when it is said “The soul, Peter, is that which can’t be ruled. It must be broken.”, In saying this Ellsworth correctly and perfectly identifies why collectivism has and will always inevitably require great bloodshed. It is the simple fact that collectivism is purely antithetical to human nature. Human nature is not purely good, it is not purely evil either, at its base level the only thing that human nature can accurately be called is purely self-serving. If given the option between saving themselves or saving someone else the vast majority of people will save themselves whether they see that as a moral good or not.
Howard Roark is the ultimate embodiment of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism. Objectivism advocates for the rejection of altruism and the pursuit of self-happiness, which is precisely how Roark lives his life. According to Rand, Roark “struggles for the integrity of his creative work against every form of social opposition.” Roark is Rand’s depiction of the ideal human being due to his indefectible pursuance of rational self-interest. Rand regards as ideal for a human being because he is the epitome of a freethinker. Although readers don’t see Roark’s journey towards self-reliance, Roark starts the book as an individualist and ends as one, undergoing almost no character development throughout the novel.
“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." Emerson believed that once a man, one must be willing to go against the normalcy of nature and be their true selves regardless of what the world and people around them might think. All three characters, Bartleby, from Melville’s “Bartleby The Scrivener,” Reverend Mr. Hooper from Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and Aylmer, from Hawthorne’s “The Birth Mark” confirm Emerson’s belief that there is nothing more sacred than being true to one’s self and what he/she stands for, even if it is not what others consider right.
Prometheus states, “It is a sin to think words no others think…” (17), based on the fact that egoism is shunned and the sinfulness of having individual thoughts, one can conclude that having these individual thoughts is an extension of egoism. One can also reach this conclusion through their prayer: “We are nothing. Mankind is all. … We exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State”
In Atlas Shrugged, Rand characterizes Objectivism as "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." She also states in her writings that Objectivism is intended to be a practical philosophy grounded in man's ability to reason. One of the fundamental problems of learning about Objectivism is that almost no one has written about it who is not a proponent of it. Those who disagree with Objectivism tend to argue that Rand's philosophy is not important enough to write about (for instance, that it is a weak derivation from Aristotle with some other ideas thrown in), so there is minimal significant literature critiquing it. VIDEO Objectivism versus Collectivism is seen throughout The Fountainhead in the two characters: Howard Roark, and Ellsworth Toohey.
Immanuel Kant’s humanity formulation of the categorical imperative asserts that one should “act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never as a mere means, but always at the same time as an end.” In Kant’s humanity formulation, humanity is all persons, mere means is using a person a “tool” without dignity and respect, and as an end means treating a person with dignity and respect. The conditions of the contract made between William and Elizabeth Stern and Mary Beth Whitehead are not morally permissible in Kant’s ethical theory because such a contract does not respect the dignity of the baby. The contact does not respect the dignity of the baby because it treats her as a mere
Brainwashed, Equality believed his gift of intelligence to be a curse of selfishness, and additionally tried to give up what makes him special to fit into what society believes is correct. Ayn Rand 's novel, The Fountainhead, states, ¨Man’s first duty is to himself. His moral law is never to place his prime goal within the persons of others. His moral obligation is to do what he wishes, provided his wish does not depend
Determinism is the tenet that all occasions, including human activity, are at last dictated by makes outer the will. A few scholars have taken determinism to suggest that individual people have no unrestrained choice and can 't be considered ethically in charge of their activities. It is also the position in which for each occasion, including human cooperation that exist conditions that could bring about no other occasion. There are numerous determinisms, contingent upon what pre-conditions are thought to be determinative of an occasion or activity. One philosopher who believe in determinism and his name is BF
Sartre: Not only am I free we as human beings “we are radically free---indeed, that “man is freedom.” We are constantly in the process of creating our self-identities, constantly transcending or “passing-beyond” ourselves, we just must remember God’s nonexistence---namely, that there is no authority to which we can appeal to justify our choices---Never able to blame others for what we have become, we are “condemned to be free”. Nietzsche: That is deep, my “superman” theory and your “existentialism” theory are similar...No God, God is dead. Believing in God and other transcendent beings limits human freedom and creativity, Jean-Paul Sartre, I must agree, we are “condemned to be free”. What does it mean to be free? I cannot relate to Nietzsche or Sartre because I believe 100% in God (YHWH) and to me they are both truly “condemn to be free”.