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I read Atlas Shrugged probably about a decade ago, and felt turned off by its promotion of selfishness as a moral ideal. I thought that was basically just being a jerk. Then I talked to a friend who told me Atlas Shrugged had changed his life. And the revelation that it was sometimes okay to consider your own happiness gave him the strength to stand up to them and turn his life around, while still keeping the basic human instinct of helping others when he wanted to and he felt they deserved it as, indeed, do Rand characters.
Recently the moderators themselves have become a bit embarrassed by it and instituted some rules intended to tone things down, leading to some of the most impressive Internet drama I have ever seen.
A lot of them were raised in religious families where they would have been disowned if they had admitted to their atheism.
And no one was striking them down with lightning. No one was shouting them down. No one was doing much of anything at all.
I think it would work better on me too. But there is — previously unappreciated by me — a large population of people for whom really dumb offensive strawmannish memes are exactly what they need.
He said their modus operandi was to get people to take responsibility for the outcome of their actions. No one else is as hard on yourself as you are. You are your own worst critic. Landmark claims its members are biased against ever thinking ill of themselves, even when they deserve it.
And you know, both claims are probably spot on. There are definitely people who are too hard on themselves. Ozy Frantz has done an amazing job of getting me and many other people inclined towards skepticism about feminist and transgender issues, engaging with us, and gradually convincing us to be more respectful and aware through sheer kindness and willingness to engage people reasonably on every part of the political spectrum.
And instead of doing what I would do and telling the trolls to go to hell, Ozy freaked out and worried they was doing everything wrong and decided to delete everything they had ever written online. I know Ozy is their own worst critic and if that therapy book was aimed at people like them, it was entirely correct to say what it said.
They could probably use some Landmark. But I think I underestimated an important reason why some debates have to be bravery debates. Suppose there are two sides to an issue. Be more or less selfish.
Post more or less offensive atheist memes. Be more or less willing to blame and criticize yourself. There are some people who need to hear each side of the issue. But in this case, it makes a really big deal what the majority actually is. Everyone is told their entire life that the only purpose of living is to work for other people.
As a result, people are miserable and no one is allowed to enjoy themselves at all. Everyone is always told to look out for number one, and the poor are completely neglected! A lot of the time this happens when one person is from a dysfunctional community and suggesting very strong measures against some problem the community faces, and the other person is from a functional community and thinks the first person is being extreme, fanatical or persecutory.
This happens a lot among, once again, atheists. And the big one is trust. Both are no doubt backed by ample advice from their own lives. A blog like this one probably should promote the opinions and advice most likely to be underrepresented in the blog-reading populace which is totally different from the populace at large.
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