In this book, I challenge Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. While I challenge Rand specifically, really I challenge all ideologies that think man is born “blank,” an idea of which has dominated most twentieth century thinking. We are not born blank. We are born with powerful internal drivers meant to protect us and catapult us forward. This has deep implications for how we parent and educate children.
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Towards Liberalism: A Challenge to Objectivist Ethics
Rand’s view of human nature, that man is a “rational animal,” is too narrow. Her philosophy, Objectivism, like most twentieth century philosophies, rests on the now scientifically refuted idea that man is born blank—”tabula rasa.” Rand has a person’s thought patterns dominating a blank inner world. She intends to control the inner world, via an ethical system, based on her idea of what is necessary for a person’s survival: rationality and production. But the inner world is not blank. Inside of us are powerful drivers meant to catapult us forward. Instead of dominating a blank inner world, we should be gentle managers of a fully alive inner world. This is much more integral to human health and prosperity.
Liberalism as presented in this book is in alignment with its historical meaning, which is the study of the natural world and political freedom, but as applied to human nature. It is two things: the full study of human nature itself and a rejection of all punitive means. Human nature is already designed well. It does not need any amount of control to change it: not politically or personally. The goal should be to understand human nature and park it there as the never-ending quest for knowledge that it is. Prosperity comes from this itself. The real root of human evil is punitive measures: measures which actively try to change the core of a person. This book takes direct moral aim at where it needs to be: not at selfishness, pleasure, sex, or alcohol—or altruism, evasion or irrationality—but abuse itself.
The practical consequences of these competing philosophies are dramatic, affecting education, relationships, sex, justice, and more. The author’s own research on child development, documenting the highly demanding and emotional developmental stages children go through in which they are experiencing new mental growth, thoroughly refutes Objectivism and its conclusions in education: that a child born “blank” must be “transformed.” Instead, an entire apparatus works in the background of a child’s mind to catapult human growth. We should respect it, not transform it. Cutting edge researchers and psychologists are offering riveting new insights and approaches for human health. They are up against people’s old biases and stale moral paradigms. This book seeks to shake up these moral paradigms so these ideas can flourish.