Hometown: Richmond (living in Richmond a long time, I consider Staunton h
August 1, 2009
I first ran across "The Virtue of Selfishness" in Waynesboro library in 1966 (shortly after 15th birth- day); had been very troubled about my own selfishness, thinking I was incapable of love. But that book showed me my error regarding that; also I was very much in agreement with the politics. But I drew back, did not do much about studying it until about fall of 1968. I still have reservations a- bout adultery--I think if you do not love your spouse, you should simply get a divorce first. I was totally in favor of abortion until 1991, when I read that some fetuses thrashed around during the procedure; I thought that if they were capable of that much independent action, they had to count as separate individuals, human beings. While I think that maybe it is all right before they get brain waves, I think that after that, they are separate. I am not prepared to advocate interference with a woman's abortion before that stage. But it still troubles me.
Ambition to be in Gilbert&Sullivan; have worked various manual laboring jobs; discovered Ayn Rand in Waynesboro library at age 15.
Because someone who needs an answer to a philosophical question can sometimes benefit from thrashing out the argument with another mind; also, in this degenerating society, it can help someone's morale, if he is becoming discouraged. (Also, who knows, if someone is looking for someone to get romantically interested in, it's just possible that might be one way; where else is an Objectivist supposed to go, a Christian CHURCH?! Because if he has a philosophical question, it can be good for him to have someone who shares his basic philosophy to thrash the argument out with; in this degenerating society, it can be good for his morale and fuel his courage, go be reminded that he is not alone. Also, who knows one might even find a person to represent one's highest values that way. (Where else is an Ob- jectivis supposed to go, a Christian CHURCH !?!) (I don't know why my comment is repeated like this, over and over. Didn't see Annie (unfortunately).