Dissolving barriers to the positive change life wants to happen

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Atlas Shrugged’s Subtle Danger Nobody Talks About

The obvious objection against Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is that it promotes the kind of selfishness that most of us try to avoid. This objection can simply be overcome by actually reading the book, which argues for an alternative definition of selfishness: A self-interest that is a given, for you and me alike. Atlas Shrugged illustrates that our choice is not if but how we care for ourselves. Which depends a great deal on whether we fully own our self-interest authentically, or try to hide and deny it.

But if Atlas Shrugged just advocates making life more wonderful through embracing who we already are—which encompasses giving to others for our true fulfillment, rather than out of psychological-, social- or authoritarian pressure—how can anyone who praises a book sharing these spiritual values ever act out of extreme divisiveness?

Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s Unintended Advocacy for Collectivism

Please note that this article was written when I had read half-way through Atlas Shrugged and didn’t have time to do more than read the Cliff’s Notes, while wanting to share my thoughts and get some feedback on them. For now, I am leaving the article below as it is, as it contains thoughts that I didn’t want to include in my final blog on Atlas Shrugged, to keep the focus there mostly on one particularly concerning rhetoric I had found at the end of the book.

Q & A on The Guilt Delusion

Why do you promote forgiveness and nonviolence? Doesn’t such a weak attitude cause people to try to make hopelessly toxic relationships work when they should simply walk away from them instead?

Jeroen: First of all, walking away from a toxic relationship is never an easy thing to do. Even when you’re sure you should, it can still be dangerous to break up with someone who cannot accept it. The more toxic the relationship, the more difficult it is to break up safely. Being able to leave someone without defending, arguing and blaming can be a life saver for both.

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