By Albert Ellis

I hugely suggest this as a so much enlightening and interesting e-book. My simply court cases are that the enhancing might have been higher, and Dr. Ellis probably must have positioned his definition of faith in bankruptcy 1 rather than 6. yet his observations be certain what i've got saw in examining Rands' works and hearing associates and others who're Objectivists.

Dr. Ellis brilliantly exhibits that Objectivism "is a straight forward non secular method, within the classical use of this time period, concerning the type of ideals, practices, and moral values that no less than suggest (even in the event that they openly deny) a divine or superhuman energy within the universe and that fairly contain a religion unfounded on truth. I contend that any dogmatic, fanatical, absolutist, anti-empirical, people-condemning creed is non secular simply because there is not any actual proof on which it really is established, and its adherents, in zealously sticking to it, strongly nation or indicate that a few better strength or order of the universe calls for that their perspectives are right--and that each one critical dissenters to their perspectives are all the time wrong...

"Most capitalists also are incorporated right here as spiritual in nature in that they're real believers within the 'invisible hand' of the industry, a basically non secular thought, to unravel all the world's difficulties if the realm will simply set all of the markets free!"

Criticisms that Dr. Ellis had in a roundabout way insulted Ayn Rand via this publication or handled her perspectives unfairly are thoroughly off-base. in reality, he is going out of his approach to supply credits the place credits is due. yet for a self-proclaimed rational individual, Ayn Rand created a philosophy that encompasses a good deal of irrationality and unsupported dogma that should be uncovered. the nice allergic reaction of Rand and her fans to the least bit of feedback reminds considered one of different fanatical religionists who get disappointed while their sacred cows are criticized. Says Ellis in bankruptcy 14:

"If Rand quite felt insulted by way of my concerning her novel heroes as 'utterly most unlikely people' then she is certainly effortless to insult -- and will use a number of classes of rational emotive habit therapy!"

I myself am an atheist, yet I take the sensible view that this doesn't instantly make me immune from irrationality. The utopian Objectivist perfect of entire rational pondering a hundred% of the time is irrational since it is very unlikely. people are either rational and emotional and in addition fallible. To create or follow a rational philosophy much more than part the time, takes loads of self-control, self-reflection and humility. sarcastically, on the way to make rational judgements a great deal of the time, it calls for that one be humble sufficient to just accept the truth of one's very human tendency towards irrationality to be able to be vigilant opposed to it. with out that, you condemn humans for the specks of their eyes yet fail to take the log off of yours and can even turn out like Ayn Rand: depressed, smoking cigarettes and donning a gold, dollar-sign broach.

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D) a feeling of superiority over others­­one­upmanship. Although the second and third meanings of the term are well within the realm of realism and mental health, the first and fourth meanings are not. Even most people who delight in their own achievements often hide the fact that they really feel superior to other people and that is why they accept themselves or experience self­esteem. ” For when people feel pride (rather than for their activity or character,) when they behave well, they must also, if they are logical, denigrate themselves (rather than negatively assess their activity) when they perform badly.

Let me review some of the more blatant irrationalities of objectivist, capitalist, and libertarian economics. Utopianism. To understand the evangelical upholding of capitalism, we’d better, right from the start, see that Rand and her associates are not defending *Additional essential suggestions for this chapter were made by Arthur Geller and Bernard Backhaut; however, neither is responsible for the ideas expressed herein.. any capitalist economy that is, or ever has been, in operation. On the contrary, they continually damn the American variety of capitalism, though extolling some of its virtues.

So when Roger Callahan, Lee Shulman, urged me and then Branden himself, to read Atlas Shrugged, The Art of Selfishness, and Rand’s other writings on objectivism in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I eagerly did so. By 1955, I had already started to practice and teach REBT; so I met Roger’s, Lee’s, and Nathan’s dogmatic Randism with much skepticism and a notable lack of enthusiasm.. I could see immediately, especially when Nathan graciously presented me with a copy of Atlas Shrugged, that it was even more authoritarian and absolutist than The Fountainhead.

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