Love Ayn Rand,too. I'm 40 (but fairly cool, REALLY!!?!).and in Atlanta. Just began reading Crime and Punishment and in the Intro there are references to a few writers who may've influenced Ayn. They are Russian, of course... and there's a Panova lady,too who had similar thoughts. Is there an Objectivist group in your college or military?
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As yet another Ian who writes and is an atheist, I'll add my unsuperstitious good luck wishes to those already offered. And what is the worst butchering anyone has managed of our name? I gave someone my address in Tennessee and got back a letter addressed to "E.N." Some people deserve to believe in God.
Cheers, Ian in SC
Objectivism is not for "idealogues" or those given over to a non- reasoned aproach to existence. You need reason and metaphysics and you can't be a second hander slucing along behind someone elses ski threads (idea of a life) if you would apply Objectivism to your own life or if you intend to live an authentic life.
Most readers of Ayn Rand seem to read more for entertainment than for ideas. It's like saying " well I'm so cool now that I know what a stolen concept is! Now I can go back to my soap opera." Once her Ideas sink in though- now your seeing beyond that pile of societal dibris. How many ever get there?
I was just checking out your Objectivist group. I see you're shipping out soon...will you have support back home to keep in touch with you? I work with Soldier's Angels and I have an adopted soldier in Jalalabad right now. I'd love to adopt someone that is an atheist but that's not exactly the sort of thing you can request, kwim?
Thanks for the invitation Ian. I accept but must say that I am very busy, still working full time and just got home from work at 11PM on Fridays. I fancy myself to be fundamentally in accord with the basic principles and concepts of Objectivism, have always been skeptical of religion and essentially never believed in any form of supernaturalism.
I am interested in finding a way to restore our Constitutional Republic in our lifetime. If only every rational person were to join www.campaignforliberty.com and pass the torch so our numbers would grow exponentially into the tens of millions. Then we could elect from among our ranks and do the job!