Ayn Rand and Objectivism
By Danil Kolesnikov
Ayn Rand, a Russian-American philosopher who had influenced Western society in 20th century with her ideas of rational egoism, laissez-faire capitalism, elevation of reason and comprehensive philosophical system called Objectivism.
Alisa Rosenbaum (her original name) was born and raised in Russian Empire in the beginning of 20th century. She was from a well-to-do family. Her father was a successful entrepreneur who run his own pharmacy and her mother was an aristocratic woman who took care of their three daughters.
Alisa was a very talented child. She obtained reading and writing skills when she was four years old. Rand talked about about her school years as boring and unchallenging.
In her own…show more content… She compares today’s entrepreneurs with Atlas. She means that the creative minds, entrepreneurs, self-made capitalists are those who hold the world and push the progress of humankind and if the government will oppress them, they will shrug their shoulders and the world will fall, as the spheres would fall if Atlas will straight his own shoulders. The work is impregnated with an advocacy of rational egoism, free market society, laissez faire capitalism, rationality and the worthlessness of government. Rand glorifies the entrepreneurs, the creators and demeans government 's bureaucratic system and its servants.
Rand’s expressed the basic values of Objectivism in this magnum opus. Objectivism is a philosophical system created by Ayn Rand and later popularized by her successors. It was first developed in essays and lectures. Rand thinks of Objectivism as “a philosophy for living on earth”. She states in the Atlas Shrugged: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” Ayn Rand divides Objectivism in four parts: Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Politics. Ethics in Rand’s words…show more content… Ekaterina, my sister had introduced me Atlas Shrugged; she described the book as a bible of capitalism. I was very sceptical at this time, but decided to google Ayn Rand. I was fascinated by her ideas and concepts. Her works influenced me a lot and helped to went through difficult times of self-identification. I admire her courage to go against the current and I find her ideas very interesting. However, I think that it is wrong to take any idea or system as an absolute at the age of seventeen. In my opinion, teenagers should explore different points of view and do not lock themselves into any ideology or system. In my perspective of view it is essential to become a critical thinker, especially in the age of information when we are surrounded by significant amount of ambivalent