Welcome to the 222nd edition of the Objectivist Round Up! 222--that's pretty awesome.
Part of the reason I blog about Objectivism and organize this blog carnival is so that I can practice keeping the principles of Objectivism at the forefront of my mind; to remember to live the virtues as well as talk and write about them; to celebrate my life on earth.
There is only one fundamental alternative in the universe: existence or non-existence—and it pertains to a single class of entities: to living organisms. The existence of inanimate matter is unconditional, the existence of life is not: it depends on a specific course of action. Matter is indestructible, it changes its forms, but it cannot cease to exist. It is only a living organism that faces a constant alternative: the issue of life or death. Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action. If an organism fails in that action, it dies; its chemical elements remain, but its life goes out of existence. It is only the concept of “Life” that makes the concept of “Value” possible. It is only to a living entity that things can be good or evil.
Steve Jobs, one of my heroes, said something along these lines that I (and I imagine many others, too) have been thinking about ever since he died
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
And on to the Round Up! Read. Think. Enjoy. And don't keep it a secret!
Burgess Laughlin presents The Most Important Books in My Life posted at Making Progress , saying, "From the Introduction: "At 67, I am beginning the last phase of my life. I am looking back, and one pattern I see is the role of books in my life. They awakened in me the possibility of a life worth living; they helped me solve personal problems that threatened my progress; and they provided the particular information I needed to achieve my four highest personal values: my work, my free-range lifestyle, my friendships, and my favorite leisure activity, reading fiction for happy endings.""
Kate Yoak presents Patience and kindness posted at Parenting is... , saying, "Respectful parenting is all about patience and kindness. I have set out to teach my five-year-old to apply the same to his little sister, thereby trying out my job for size."
Rational Jenn presents Journey Through the Week posted at Rational Jenn , saying, "Recently, my first grader and I created a weekly homeschool schedule for her, at her request and with my guidance. I describe the process we used and share the results in this post."
Santiago and Kelly Valenzuela presents Quotes About Alabama's New Immigration Law posted at Mother of Exiles , saying, "In this post I feature an article with quotes about Alabama's new immigration law. Most of the quotes link out to other interesting and related news sources. Not only is this Alabama law unjust and immoral, it's disastrous for our already troubled economy."