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The Rub

December 26, 2005 | 1 Comment

The rub is that the pursuit of happiness, as an end in itself, tends automatically, and widely, to be replaced by the pursuit of pleasure, with a consequent general softening of the fibers of will, intelligence, spirit.

Whittaker Chambers, Review of Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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One Response to “The Rub”

  1. MBains
    December 27th, 2005 @ 5:17 am

    I love how TRA regularly allows just a bit of spam through. Cute…

    Chamber’s statement speaks nicely to the reason(s) no physically healthy* individual can ever be another one’s savior. It’s why the State is obligated to Educate individuals in the scientific method** and NOT push (nor punish) personal philosophies.

    Happiness, like pleasure, is personal.

    Objectivism, like Spiritualism, is evolving from the personal to the public. Though the former has some public catching up to do with the latter, it has the advantage of being a little more, well, objective or testable. A little more … A chair is a chair is a chair! I don’t think we’ll see a scientific breakthrough which allows our species to incorporate either of these into our Legal Codes in a Democratically or Scientifically agreeable manner any time soon. Give it another 100 years or so, and hope I’m pessimistic.

    * Mental (product) illness is a physical (source) malady for which Psychology is still too immature a discipline for us to depend upon with much confidance. It makes Objective and Spiritual sense to keep working at it though.

    ** I really think this should be the next Amendment to the US Const.

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