We had a great conversation before Large Group at FIU South this week. Frank, Simon, David, Mariella...these are some of the smartest, sharpest students around.
Somehow, we ended up talking about Ayn Rand, a Russian-American novelist/philosopher. It brought back memories.
When we were at Duke, Matthew joked that - if there were no God - we should all be objectivists.
The duty-free life sounds appealing when you've got a lot of promise and a lot of responsibility. Rational self-interest sounds appealing when you haven't made any confidence-breaking mistakes in life. A community of the excellent sounds appealing when you consider yourself among the Excellent.
A lot's changed since that conversation at Duke.
I like my responsibilities. Husband. Father. So much joy.
I've made some mistakes. Confidence and heart-breaking mistakes.
I've met the Excellent. I like the Excellent. I'm not one of them.
The object of Objectivism is a life full of freedom, opportunity and social comfort. This is what Ayn Rand offers. Ironically, this is also what God offers.
Would it be fair to say that Ayn Rand is the object of Objectivism?