What is my ethics or morality and why do I believe it is only for living on Earth?
A commenter nicknamed Charles asked me to comment on issues like capitalism, self-interest, the concepts of “Aryan way of thought, collectivism, and bigotry. Please click here for the commenter’s entire query. The following is my reply:
You have raised interesting points in your comment. Now let me try my best to deal with the matters you adduced seriatim. First, I have to tell you that I have no formal degree in philosophy, although I have learned through my own efforts to understand life and the concept of reality through reading, observation and the Aristotelian concept of induction. I adhere to the philosophy of Objectivism, a philosophy that can be summarized in the following manner:
- Metaphysics: Objective reality
- Epistemology: Reason
- Ethics: Self-interest
- Politics: Capitalism
I have to lay down these principles because they convey the fundamental premise of this essay. Your queries are focused on the critical questions I raised in my previous essay entitled the Philosophy of Academic Bigotry. I concluded that essay with the following questions:
Why is it that not a single individual honestly defends capitalism in this country?
Why is it that most favor the redistribution of wealth, government intervention and welfare statism?
Why is it good to consider the welfare of others and not yours?
Why is it that most people have been sold to the mantra of collective good, collective effort, common good, etc. when these abstractions have no exact, objective meaning at all but only seek the immolation of the good to the weak?
Why is taking things on faith considered a virtue?
Why is more importance given to faith than reason?”
Lest I be misunderstood, let me try to convert these abstractions into clear concretes. But first I would like to state that I am not pushing for what you call “completely neo-classical perspective” here (whatever that term means, because today most abstractions no longer have clear and concrete meanings, and I believe that this semantic corruption can effectively disrupt our understanding of reality.)
I would like address the first issue you raised. You said: “You are pushing that capitalism and (well I really can’t word it less harshly) self-interest is the way to go.” I see it fit to define my terms here according to Objectivist and Aristotelian concept of self-interest. Let me state here that Objectivism is based on the philosophy of Aristotle, although the former is more all-encompassing, more extensive, and that it cuts across different categories of fundamental abstractions like economics, politics, aesthetics, literature and even science. This means that Objectivism is a well-developed philosophy whose ethics is rational selfishness and whose principles are centered on the sanctity of human life and the primacy of the individual over the collective. Reality is superior to man’s consciousness, and this is the basic tenet of Objectivism.
I’m not surprised that most people in this country will find it hard and “harsh” to accept that man’s ethical standard is self-interest. Most universities today preach the opposite, telling students that we must live for others— that we must sacrifice ourselves to others, and that it is our duty to serve the welfare and good of others. We have an educational institution in this country that seeks to perpetuate this goal with its philosophy of “men and women for others.” The morality behind this philosophy is that of altruism. The meaning of altruism is not simply kindness or generosity toward other people. Altruism means that man must serve others and that it is his duty to satisfy and fulfill the welfare of others. This kind of morality is not simply immoral; it is evil at best. It means that man must put the interests of others above his own. Altruism demands that man must do the impossible. Read the rest of the essay here.