Ayn Rand’s Essay in Today’s World
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Ayn Rand has very explicit opinions against altruism, as she promotes her ideas of objectivism (or ethical egoism, as defied by others) in her essay. While her inflated definitions of altruism are a means to push her other standpoints, some of her ideas on social and personal needs can be observed in the every-day-world today. The idea that people should look out for their self interest (including the interests of those close to them) has been commonplace for ages, but for everyone to only live by this ideal would promote seclusion in society. Opposing topologists point out that this seclusion can be harmful to the overall progression that humans all desire. Overall though, combining the two contrasting viewpoints of self-service and outward service, one should establish their own standing, and only then, encourage themselves to seek the betterment of others.
Observations of Ayn Rand’s Essay on Altruism in Today’s World
Quite often in today’s world, an individual can be witness to the inherent benevolence, or blatant selfishness occurring on a day-to-day basis. People have become more invested, for better or for worse, into other’s lives as a result of the connectivity of today’s technology. As such, common complaints spread across the media either claim that society is diminishing into a hoard of self-interested individuals, or personal responsibility is ignored in favor of outwardly assistance. Ayn Rand wrote an essay in defense of self-interest by promoting her ideas about objectivism. While some of her views are grossly exaggerated, others regarding the nature of humans in today’s society can be observed.
Rand begins her essay by bashing the ideas of altruism in favor of objectivism. Conveniently, Rand provides her own inflated...