By Albert Ellis
I hugely suggest this as a so much enlightening and exciting booklet. My simply proceedings are that the modifying might have been larger, and Dr. Ellis perhaps must have positioned his definition of faith in bankruptcy 1 rather than 6. yet his observations ascertain what i've got saw in studying Rands' works and hearing acquaintances and others who're Objectivists.
Dr. Ellis brilliantly exhibits that Objectivism "is a simple non secular method, within the classical use of this time period, concerning the type of ideals, practices, and moral values that not less than suggest (even in the event that they openly deny) a divine or superhuman energy within the universe and that really 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 facts on which it really is dependent, and its adherents, in zealously sticking to it, strongly country or suggest that a few larger energy or order of the universe calls for that their perspectives are right--and that every one critical dissenters to their perspectives are forever wrong...
"Most capitalists also are incorporated right here as non secular in nature in that they're actual believers within the 'invisible hand' of the marketplace, a truly non secular notion, to resolve all the world's difficulties if the realm will simply set the entire markets free!"
Criticisms that Dr. Ellis had ultimately insulted Ayn Rand via this ebook or handled her perspectives unfairly are thoroughly off-base. actually, 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 features a good deal of irrationality and unsupported dogma that should be uncovered. the nice allergy of Rand and her fans to the least bit of feedback reminds one in all different fanatical religionists who get dissatisfied while their sacred cows are criticized. Says Ellis in bankruptcy 14:
"If Rand rather felt insulted by way of my concerning her novel heroes as 'utterly very unlikely people' then she is certainly effortless to insult -- and will use numerous 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 excellent of whole rational pondering a hundred% of the time is irrational since it is most 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. ironically, so one can 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 no that, you condemn humans for the specks of their eyes yet fail to take the sign off of yours and may even prove like Ayn Rand: depressed, smoking cigarettes and donning a gold, dollar-sign broach.
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Extra resources for Are Capitalism, Objectivism, And Libertarianism Religions? Yes!: Greenspan And Ayn Rand Debunked
REBT completely accepts (and tries to help) sinners while acknowledging and pointing out the error of their sins. It concerns itself with performance but refuses to castigate humans for performing badly. Like Mowrer, Rand condemns sinners and their sinsand thereby provides little hope of helping them become less sinful and more selfaccepting. By confusing irresponsibility with sin, and failing to see that human performances may well be reprehensible but that humans themselves really cannot be, objectivism further obfuscates the important problem of human worth.
For if individuals think that they must achieve high productivity in order to accept themselves, they frequently become so terrified of nonachievement that they hardly produce at all. Moreover, even if the objectivist creed encourages productivity, it hardly abets selfacceptance; on the contrary, it will often lead to varying degrees of selfhatred. As the old saying goes, pride goeth before a fall! 10. Rand’s position on selfesteem is taken to its ultimate absurdity in this statement by Nathaniel Branden, “An unbreached rationality and a refusal ever to evade one’s knowledge or act against itis the only valid criterion of virtue and the only possible basis for authentic selfesteem,” (1967b).
I began to encourage my clients to work hard to achieve unconditional selfacceptance (USA) and unconditional other acceptance (UOA) in 1953, when I read Paul Tillich’s newly published book, The Courage To Be. Tillich was a theologian and an existentialist, and followed the philosophy of Jesus, Martin Heidigger, Jean Paul Sartre, and several other leading thinkers. He was also a teacher of Carl Rogers and a friend of Rollo May, who adapted some of his philosophy. Along with Rogers, I agreed that people were born and raised to accept themselves conditionally and thereby have “good” feelings of “selfesteem”which actually helped them to be disturbed.
Are Capitalism, Objectivism, And Libertarianism Religions? Yes!: Greenspan And Ayn Rand Debunked by Albert Ellis