Three points/counterpoints

Ayn Rand

“The Objectivist ethics holds that the actor must always be the beneficiary of his action and that man must act for his own rational self-interest.”

Reverend Sun Myung Moon

“The principle of the universe is for everyone to live together, for the sake of one another.”

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Ayn Rand

“A rational man … does not subordinate his life to the welfare of others, does not sacrifice himself to their needs, and the relief of their suffering is not his primary concern.”

Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

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Jean-Paul Sartre

“Man is condemned to be free … thrown into the world …  no excuse behind us, nor justification before us. We are alone, with no excuses.”

Alan Watts

“The prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination… We do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree … We can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.”

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2 thoughts on “Three points/counterpoints

  1. I agree with Dalai Lama. Compassion and caring for each other is part of the cure for humanity’s illness. Isolation breeds contempt and ignorance and a disconnect from our earthly journey. (ex., see N. Korea). Keep in mind, Solitude is different from isolation. Meditate, create time for self, moments of solitude is healthy. Compassion – the sheer ability to take care of some one other than yourself. To be conscious and respectful of others. These are key elements to healing the problems in humanity. Practice and believe in one’s owns Faith, whether spiritual, religious or not. But also ~ always respect other human beings Faith and Reglious beliefs. In my opinion, this is a strategy. A strategy for unity and less separation and less isolation. Somewhere in the pantheon of human exisitence, there was born that first original mind. Somewhere in the universe of human exisitence, we are all connected people. compassionately ~

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  2. Even though I’m more of Rand’s side of the fence I do see the need for compassion, but moreso for cooperation. For we can do far more together than we can alone. But any being that has resigned itself to live solely off the compassion of others is already dead. If someone has loss the willingness to fight and better itself, to struggle towards something greater than what it already is, it deserves no handout.

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