Objectivism in Ayn Rand’s Anthem Ayn Rand established her philosophy of objectivism in order to eliminate the traditions she experienced while she was growing up under collective governments, and to emphasize the importance of the individual over the collective group. It can be defined as a philosophy for living stating that man himself is the greatest power, and man must decide what is best for himself based on reason. The four basic tenets of objectivism are reality exists as an objective absolute, reason is man’s only method of interpreting his surroundings, man must exist as an individual in order to pursue his own interests, with the ultimate goal being happiness, and the economy of an objectivist society should be laissez-faire capitalism,
In the book it is explained that people should only care about the greater good in people. They are taught to be selfless and to only do what is right for others. These jobs are here to keep order to their “perfect” society. While throughout the book there are many different characters that break the law, while only one gets caught. The laws of the land is to keep the unmentionable times, a secret and to not have it happen again.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”- Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism is an American philosophy that revolves around self-reliance and independence, commonly in nature, a Transcendentalist wants to find the true meaning in life. I believe that Chris McCandless was a Transcendentalist because he was able to leave his whole life behind and take on a minimalist lifestyle while having a strong relationship with god. However, I believe that I am not a Transcendentalist, but simply an adventurer. I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and visit the Yucatan rainforest and this lead me to be able to explore nature and feel the peaceful impact it can have on someone 's life.
People walk into the wilderness to “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.”(163). Being alone had made him happy but it started to come up to him that happiness isn’t real until it is shared. Even though that made him happy, this experience that he had led him to think that it isn’t so bad being with other people and he can return to civilization. Throughout the story, Chris had tried to find his purpose in life and tried to be happy but didn’t realize how unprepared he was. This leads to the conclusion that Chris could not conquer the wild on his own especially with the skill set that he had.
At the end of the book, Prometheus is a described as an egoist from Ayn Rand’s definition. As he enters the forest to escape the dreadful society with his street sweeper friends, he is only on the lookout to find something where he can live and have shelter for himself. Prometheus was leaving his friends in order to take joy in his life without their help. If it weren’t for Liberty he would have kept going and enjoy his life. Liberty is the reason why he felt the need to open his heart and share his soul.
Bilbo’s long and perilous journey with the dwarves’ taught him that he does not have to live a life that is considered “respectable” by his neighbors. Bilbo could have adventures and make a difference while still being himself. “Bilbo was no longer quite respectable… He was held by the hobbits of the neighborhood to be ‘queer.’ I am sorry to say, he did not mind.”(304) Bilbo expresses that he was not concerned about what the other hobbits thought of him. He was quite content with the life he had lived. The adventure Bilbo had been a part of opened his eyes and showed him that there is more to life than just tea and biscuits.
The desire to save a life, but the inability to do so angers the speaker as the speaker is left with no alternatives to save the unborn fawn’s life. To intensify the situation and to show more signs of isolation, the personification of the wilderness is used to impersonate the calm and quiet night, “around our group I could hear the wilderness listen, (line 16).” Stafford quotes that the speaker could hear the wilderness listen, revealing that the forest is at peace regardless of the choice that the speaker makes. The wilderness resembles the world and peace is commonly associated with acceptance of a given situation, Stafford implies that the world does not show sympathy for anyone. The speaker must accept the terms of being unable to save the unborn fawn’s life and move on. Similar to one’s life, one should be appreciative of the blessings
In other words, only the individual can make his or her own choices; only the person can truly decide what is best for him. This fundamental philosophy of the distinctiveness of character is made real in the life and sufferings of Howard Roark, architect. At certain times in his personal life and professional career, he was forced to make decisions-- these decisions ultimately demand one thing from him: his individual identity-- his moral compass,the only guide to true happiness. For example, when offered the option to return to Stanton Institute of Technology in exchange for drafting architectural designs that betrayed his vision, Roark chose to blaze his own trail rather than forfeit his true beliefs-- even when told by the Dean of Students that “we can only attempt, respectfully, to repeat [From the great masters of architecture]” (11). Roark’s best line through the whole encounter is simple but profound; “why?” (11).
Throughout the peom,the speaker keeps pointing out that everyone’s existence is temporary and nobody is going to stay on earth permanently .But his love for the friend/lover makes him question the laws of nature and by the end of the poem, he figures out a way of keeping his lover/friend alive through his poems. He has presented the idea of war and love(Paradox) and how they are somehow related, if there is love, there is also a war to sustain that love. He has also pointed to the idea of obedience and disobedience. Since humans have no choice but to obey the laws of nature and suffer loss, they cannot disobey the nature and since it’s in human nature to disobey (The story of Disobedience-Adam and Eve), poets have found out or created a way of going against the laws of nature. They have created a way of their own to permanent existence of humankind.