Objectivism In Ayn Rand´S The Fountainhead

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Objectivism is defined as “an ethical theory that moral good is objectively (based on facts rather than feelings or opinions) real or that moral precepts are objectively valid.” (Webster). Demonstrated by Ayn Rand in the book, The Fountainhead, objectivism seems to most, to be morally wrong, and socially impractical, despite seeming to be a stress-free way of life. In The Fountainhead, Howard Roark does not see relationships as necessary, but as a means to an end. For America to be purely objectivist would tear the country apart, in the sense that “normal social relationships” would no longer exist, but hatred and racism would become obsolete. A democratic government would be unable to ...view middle of the document...

In most cultures the standard of behavior is to aid the needy, have tolerance, and work towards a common goal within the community. Under the standard of objectivism these values cease to exist. Not that people would be selfish, but they would cease to be selfless, and the less fortunate of society would lack the small amount of charity that was keeping them alive. In an objectivist’s mind there’s a question of “Why should I?” or “What’s in it for me?” that would annihilate any sense of charity people possess. Objectivism is faulty in the grand scheme of things, simply because people need one another to survive. People are forced to interact with one another on a day to day basis, so from that perspective objectivism is simply not practical.
However, from an opposite viewpoint objectivism many positive attributes, such as forcing people to take responsibility for their own success or failure. In an objectivist country, programs like welfare, disability compensation, and healthcare would not exist, so families would be responsible to take care of themselves rather than looking to the government to solve all of their problems. A dose of objectivism is just what the country needs to get itself moving again. America has become a country full of soft, lazy, and obsessively politically correct people, who are afraid to have their own opinions. A slight amount of objectivism would be good to strike some balance into our society, while too much would tip the scale the other direction. Objectivism is positive only in balance with the right amount of conformity. True objectivists see no value in the thoughts or opinions of others, almost to the point of thinking that if a person’s life does not benefit them, then that person’s life has no value. “Regarding the value of life, I see the core human capacities as fundamentally capacities for ~living~. Thought, choice, action, and feeling enable successful living (often through more particular abilities, skills, and attitudes), as well as the intellectual...

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