Welcome to the March 24, 2011 edition of the Objectivist Round Up.
Because I have the very great fortune to know so many wonderful people who possess a beautiful sense of life (and I even get to be married to one of them!), I thought I'd honor them all with this passage (via the online Ayn Rand Lexicon):
A sense of life is formed by a process of emotional generalization which may be described as a subconscious counterpart of a process of abstraction, since it is a method of classifying and integrating. But it is a process of emotional abstraction: it consists of classifying things according to the emotions they invoke—i.e., of tying together, by association or connotation, all those things which have the power to make an individual experience the same (or a similar) emotion. For instance: a new neighborhood, a discovery, adventure, struggle, triumph—or: the folks next door, a memorized recitation, a family picnic, a known routine, comfort. On a more adult level: a heroic man, the skyline of New York, a sunlit landscape, pure colors, ecstatic music—or: a humble man, an old village, a foggy landscape, muddy colors, folk music. . . . The subverbal, subconscious criterion of selection that forms his emotional abstractions is: “That which is important to me” or: “The kind of universe which is right for me, in which I would feel at home.” . . .
It is only those values which he regards or grows to regard as “important,” those which represent his implicit view of reality, that remain in a man’s subconscious and form his sense of life.
“It is important to understand things”—“It is important to obey my parents”—“It is important to act on my own”—“It is important to please other people”—“It is important to fight for what I want”—“It is important not to make enemies”—“My life is important”—“Who am I to stick my neck out?” Man is a being of self-made soul—and it is of such conclusions that the stuff of his soul is made. (By “soul” I mean “consciousness.”)
The integrated sum of a man’s basic values is his sense of life.
“Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto, 27
Valery Publius presents Campus Media Response: In Celebration of Inequality posted at The Undercurrent Blog, saying, "Is economic inequality something that needs "fixing", or should it be celebrated?"
David C Lewis, RFA presents Whole Life Insurance: Theory To Practice posted at A Revolution In Financial Planning, saying, "Is whole life insurance a good investment? You've often heard that it isn't. I finally apply theory to practice in my final post about cash value life insurance. The rubber hits the road when I tear apart hypothetical illustrations showing you facts and figures from a historical study. The study demonstrates, unequivocally, how a popular cash value policy has actually performed over time. I also give you my thoughts on whether or not this controversial insurance product really represents a good investment."
John McVey presents OTI post #3 - Consciousness is conscious posted at John J McVey, saying, "Now for arriving at consciousness is conscious. It had a similar pattern as for existence exists, but there was no neat copy-over of every single issue."
Alexander Marriott presents The Selfish Case for Libyan Intervention posted at Alexander Marriott's Wit and Wisdom, saying, "Now that we are once again tangled up with Moammar al-Gadhafi, there is a question that needs to be answered. Is it in our interests to attack Libya? If so, how?"
Hanah presents If You Made a Million posted at Charlie's Bookshelf, saying, "This straightforward and entertaining explanation of money and financial transactions is a must-have for any Objectivist kid's bookshelf."
Rachel Miner presents Experimenting. Parenting. Part Four. Finale posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "This is my final post in this series and I sum up by addressing the issue of motivation. It requires "experimenting parenting" to know your child's motivators and to highlight for them how their efforts have been successful in the past i.e. why they should put out the effort again."
Rory presents The serenity of letting go of a direct control of knowledge posted at A Matter Of Mind To Matter, saying, "A piece I dashed off on a sunny Monday morning, about trying not to intervene too much in one's own quest to gain knowledge. Written after spending some time working on an essay on Hegel's dialecticel method which, curiously enough, is all about observing consciousness' movements, rather than dictating what it ought to be."
Gene Palmisano presents Lets Not Forget Iran posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "Iran is, and has always been the enemy, threatening western civilization."
Harsha Vardhan presents Can Market and State function "harmoniously"? posted at Harsha blogs!, saying, "This post address the aspect that market and state cannot function "harmoniously"."
Jenn Casey presents On Refusing to Provide Answers posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "Sometimes it's tough to know when you should help your child and when you should step back and let them figure something out. This post is about a time I chose to let my child figure something out and why."
Jenn Casey presents ATLOSCon 2011 Updates posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "ATLOSCon 2011 Update: Class descriptions and speaker bios are now up at the Atlanta Objectivist Society website!"
Julia Campbell presents coconut crusted shrimp and chicken + mango salsa + fried plantains posted at the crankin' kitchen!, saying, "Summer here we come! Just don't eat all the mango salsa yourself!"
Ari Armstrong presents Talk on Individual Rights Versus Force posted at Free Colorado, saying, "Starting with the example of slavery, I work out the principle of individual rights, as opposed to force."
Miranda Barzey presents How to Be a Good Customer at a Restaurant posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "Written from the point-of-view of a waitress, how to be a good customer at a restaurant."
Grant Jones presents The Ground Zero Mosque and Acts of War posted at The Dougout.
Joe presents Sad Songs for Sad Times posted at Forces, saying, "Some Irish songs for St-Patrick's Day"
Scott Connery presents Nine Countries are on the Path to Atheism posted at Rational Public Radio, saying, "A team of researchers has studied the religions of the world. Their mathematical model shows that nine countries will lose their religion once a tipping point is reached. Once enough people are atheists, religion loses its "social utility"
But what happens next?"
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