Yesterday I received notification that The Ayn Rand Institute launched an updated website – AynRand.org. I have been following The Ayn Rand Institute for some time having discovered it shortly after finishing Atlas Shrugged and have subsequently been making my way through the Ayn Rand Institute Campus courses. Normally I am not terribly interested in a new website or a relaunch, however the new AynRand.org is a drastic improvement when compared to the existing sites.
The updated site has a modern look and feel and is easy to navigate. Above all, the new AynRand.org site does an amazing job at communicating the core ideas of Ayn Rand and objectivist thought. This website is a truly fitting tribute to Ayn Rand and objectivism. Although there are many pieces of great information on the site perhaps my favorite section is “The Common Beliefs That Ayn Rand Challenges” portion of the site which has the following information.
You Are Your Brothers Keeper
“We’re not born, Rand says, with inexplicable duties to serve God or society. We only have one life, and the good is to live it. Learn to pursue your own happiness by discovering the life-promoting values it requires. Think rationally and don’t bow to authority. Join with other people when you have real values in common and go your separate way when you don’t. Don’t try to be your brother’s keeper or to force him to be yours. Live independently.”
Love is Selfless
”We love what we personally value and admire. A “selfless love” is a contradiction in terms: it would mean you have no personal stake in the object of your love. The truth is, romantic love is profoundly selfish: it’s a union of mind and body that both people pursue for their own happiness. And it’s profoundly demanding. To quote a famous line from The Fountainhead: “To say ‘I love you’ one must know first how to say the ‘I.’”
Money is the Root of All Evil
”Life requires production. Today’s standard of living, with our computers, cell phones and life-saving medicines, far outstrips the wildest dreams of the past. All this wealth had to be created by individuals — and money is what enables production. “Money is your means of survival,” a character in Atlas Shrugged warns. “The verdict you pronounce upon the source of your livelihood is the verdict you pronounce upon your life.”
Although quite short when compared to the volumes of information concerning Ayn Rand and objectivism that is presently available on the free market, this is a solid summary of some of the core tenets while serving to debunk common myths surrounding her ideas. If you are interested in learning more about Ayn Rand and/or objectivism check out the new AynRand.org and to get started watch the Introduction to Objectivism video for a brief, but effective introduction.
4. Ayn Rand. The Fountainhead: