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The Guilty Animal

Hasn't it always been, in one form or another? When you think about it, Ayn Rand's Original Sin, among her many from the perspective of all political sides, is her chief ideal characterization of man as the rational animal. That has implications. You see, if man has the capacity of rational action by nature, voluntarily, then his ability to mold material reality to serve his needs and desires is virtuous at his highest levels of production. But doesn't that just throw a monkey wrench into every sort of power structure, from modern politics to the theocracies of old? There's nothing new about any of it. Fundamentally, it's always about painting man as a selfish beast who ought to feel guilty simply for the effrontery to exist, and the only virtue possible to any man is to spend his life in atonement for having been born. Karen De Coster loads up the latest outrage; the latest in a long list of examples of man's devolution. Now, maybe the fact that drinking straws may no longer properly serve their intended purpose isn't that big of a deal to you, but what about containers that used to keep your burger hot for the...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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