Welcome to the September 9, 2010 edition of the Objectivist Round Up! I'm happy to be hosting this week.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the link between thought and action, and here is a relevant quotation
In order to live, man must act; in order to act, he must make choices; in order to make choices, he must define a code of values; in order to define a code of values, he must know what he is and where he is—i.e., he must know his own nature (including his means of knowledge) and the nature of the universe in which he acts—i.e., he needs metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, which means: philosophy. He cannot escape from this need; his only alternative is whether the philosophy guiding him is to be chosen by his mind or by chance.
That's at the individual level, and I have talks with my kids about making choices based on values (in a less abstract way) on a semi-regular basis. Here's related quotation (from the same page in the Lexicon) about how ideas shape a culture (my emphasis)
Just as a man’s actions are preceded and determined by some form of idea in his mind, so a society’s existential conditions are preceded and determined by the ascendancy of a certain philosophy among those whose job is to deal with ideas. The events of any given period of history are the result of the thinking of the preceding period.
Hmmm....food for thought, yes? And here is more food for thought from a group of Most Excellent Objectivist Bloggers! Enjoy!
Burgess Laughlin presents Is Neoconservatism Dead? posted at Making Progress , saying, "Neoconservatism is largely a subterranean intellectual movement. Though seldom in the news, its foundational principles are a cause of major current events. Neoconservatism is a grave danger to America and thus to all Western Civilization. This article introduces readers to neoconservatism and to a new book that exposes its philosophical nature, historical roots, and poisonous fruit."
Rachel Miner presents School Worries posted at The Playful Spirit , saying, "I share the primary concerns that I have for the start of school. I finish by contemplating if homeschool would be better. Kids are so unique and each decision has so many pros and cons."
Roderick Fitts presents Reduction of the Principle of Egoism posted at Inductive Quest , saying, "This essay analyzes what ideas we would need to understand before we could do a proper induction of egoism, using the Objectivist method of reduction. This is a result of my studies of "Objectivism Through Induction.""
C.W. presents Combating Altruism posted at Krazy Economy , saying, "Many people who do not (could not) practice altruism in their daily lives accept the politics based on altruism. We can use that conflict by making the connection for them, pointedly."
Edward Cline presents The Fatal Links of Servitude posted at The Rule of Reason , saying, "I sometimes imagine myself in the role of a latter day Roman contrarian, living in a time of my country’s certain dissolution on the eve of an invasion by barbarian hordes bent on loot and conquest."
Sean Saulsbury presents The American, Flipped posted at The Movie Film Show , saying, "Two new shows this week the best being Flipped--a lovely story about two kids in the 60s who fall in love. Both Mr. Movie and Mr. Film gave it an A grade."
Kelly Elmore presents Dragon Con 2010 posted at Reepicheep's Coracle , saying, "This post details my adventures at this year's Dragon Con. It includes pictures of my costumes and descriptions of the panels I went to (both academic and just for fun). Ben Franklin makes an appearance, as does Professor Umbrage."
Tod presents Goodbye Mac, Hello Linux posted at Tod.FM , saying, "I recently realized that my actions in the real world were inconsistent with my principles... Since our computers are essential to the expression of ideas, switching to Linux ultimately concerns the freedom and independence of my ideas."
C.W. presents Update: Treasury Grab of Retirement Assets posted at Krazy Economy , saying, "The process by which the Labor Department arrives at a justification for another new law is continuing. Their stated goal is to waste more time and money, and ignore the real threats to our retiring financially comfortably. There are even bigger threats lurking."
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