Search for...
Follow @ontheissuesorg
OnTheIssuesLogo

Ayn Rand on Principles & Values

 


Art communicates moral ideas instead of just theory

There is a strong relationship between entertainment and a culture's overall values. Movies, music, and books are a leading indicator of where a society is going, or a reaction to what a society has become. There is a definite correlation between how we portray ourselves and the values we hold.

"Art is the indispensable medium for the communication of a moral ideal. This does not mean that art is a substitute for philosophical thought: without a conceptual theory, an artist would not be able successfully to concretize an image of the ideal. But without the assistance of art, ethics remains in the position of theoretical engineering: art is the model-builder."

-Ayn Rand, the Romantic Manifesto

Source: Tea Party Patriots, by M.Meckler & J.B.Martin, p.180 , Feb 14, 2012

I'm an atheist; religion is from man's mind,not supernatural

"[There is one] possibly misleading sentence in Roark's speech: 'From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, everything we are and everything we have comes from a single attribute of man--the function of his reasoning mind.' This could be misinterpreted to mean an endorsement of religion or religious ideas. Roark's and my atheism, as well as the overall spirit of the book, were clear, particularly since I said that religious abstractions are the product of man's mind, not of supernatural revelation." [Quoted from writings in 1968, about 'The Fountainhead']
Source: The Ayn Rand Lexicon, by Harry Binswanger, p.414-415 , Jan 1, 1986

Christianity causes civil war because it requires altruism

There is a great, basic contradiction in the teachings of Jesus. Jesus was one of the first great teachers to proclaim the basic principle of individualism--the inviolate sanctity of man's soul, and the salvation of one's soul as one's highest goal. But when it came to a code of ethics--what must one do in actual practice in order to save one's soul?--Jesus gave men a code of altruism. This means, the subordination of one's soul to the desires or needs of others.

This is a contradiction that cannot be resolved. This is why men have never succeeded in applying Christianity in practice, while they have preached it in theory for 2,000 years. The reason of their failure was not men's natural depravity or hypocrisy, which is the superficial (and vicious) explanation usually given. The reason is that a contradiction cannot be made to work. That is why the history of Christianity has been a continuous civil war--both literally (between sects and nations), and spiritually (within each man's soul).

Source: Letters of Ayn Rand, p.287, "Sylvia Austin," by Ayn Rand , Jul 9, 1946

  • Click here for definitions & background information on Principles & Values.
  • Click here for a profile of Ayn Rand.
  • Click here for VoteMatch responses by Ayn Rand.
  • Click here for AmericansElect.org quiz by Ayn Rand.
Other pundits on Principles & Values: Ayn Rand on other issues:


Opinion Leaders on the Right:
Milton Friedman (Nobel Economist)
Rush Limbaugh (Radio Talk Show Host)
Ayn Rand (Author and Philosopher)
Heritage Foundation (Think Tank)
Libertarian Party
Republican Party
Ronald Reagan(President,1981-1989)
Joe Scarborough (Former Congressman; Radio Host)

Opinion Leaders on the Left:
American Civil Liberties Union
Noam Chomsky (Author and Philosopher)
Arianna Huffington (Internet Columnist)
Robert Reich (Professor and Columnist)
Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)
Green Party
Democratic Party
John F. Kennedy(President,1961-1963)
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Page last updated: Apr 26, 2015