Exercise, finally!

I’ve been feeling really constrained since being home (the past like 36 hours, haha). Think it’s a combination of needing to do stuff for work, not being organized to the slightest (car not even unpacked) and I nothing is “normal” as far as work goes and schedule of events. Basically everything is new, and it’s kinda confusing. Today I tried to cure that by getting some exercise and I think that, plus a good nights sleep tonight will be the cure.
The 19.34 mile ‘Loop’:

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Last night I was able to barge in on “deadliest catch night” over at Mary Claire’s and got to see Richard as well. It was good to see old friends, and catch up. Richard and I had a conversation about Ayn Rand, well… mostly him, but I chimed in with what I know. Basically Ayn Rand’s Objectivism is really “Subjectivism” and something about Truism. My goal is to finish Atlas Shrugged which I started reading two years ago during my trip, so that when I get back, I can have a real conversation about this, haha.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention… I BIKED the ‘Loop’ haha, in like ~90 minutes or so.

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  1. Guys

    so… you ran 19.6 miles? OMG dude.

    Jul 16, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  2. Richard

    There is a LOT more to Rand than just Atlas Shrugged.

    A heck of a lot of people are such ineffective readers that they utterly fail to understand or even recognize her value. Sounds like your friend “Richard” is another one.

    I realized my mistake after my second reading of Atlas Shrugged, and then began to read all I could get my hands on by her. Again and again I doubted her points, only to find that they were correct, and correct again.

    That was back in 1988, and twenty years later I can assure you that the naysayers just haven’t the smarts to recognize that the things they claim are her mistakes, are actually a consequence of their own misunderstandings.

    Wishing you right premises,

    Jul 16, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  3. Michael M

    Double ditto Richard’s comment word for word. Just change the 1988 to 1968. The honest mind in search of the truth simply does not give up — not unlike the commitment one renews over and over in a 19.6 mile run.

    So after 40 years of constantly testing it to be valid or invalid in this way or that, Objectivism still orders my life, keeping calm and peaceful my mind (and stomach) in the midst of the irrationality that abounds around me.

    Some advice for the big read:

    1) no one gets Objectivism from just reading the novels except those who already thought that way before they started.

    2) your worst enemies will be your own false assumptions.

    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  4. Richard

    Thanks Michael M, and I concur with your two points of advice. I would like to add to the second.

    Time and again when I disagreed with Rand, I found that a careful consideration of the actual meanings of the words she uses, rather than the casual usages we generally accept, made me realize I had failed to understand her properly.

    If I understood her language but still had a problem, I then had to really think through the context she was using . That context is always provided, but has to be consciously considered lest we witlessly assume our preconceived context.

    Finally, if I was still stuck, I had to turn to other pages in her fiction, to relevant non-fiction articles, to The Ayn Rand Lexicon or to Leonard Peikoff’s “Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand”.

    Every single time, of my hundreds of doubts and confusions, I eventually found why she was right and I was wrong! The more I learned, the more (exponentially) rewarding it became.

    Jul 17, 2008 @ 7:14 am

  5. robert574

    When I first read Ayn Rand I had been totally disillusioned by the Catholic Church. I just couldn’t figure out why God damned Adam and Eve for eating from the tree of knowledge. I thought knowledge was good. Ayn Rand answered that question by proclaiming that Original Sin was an invalid concept and that man was basically good with the capacity to use reason. If you cannot question your own premises, you’ll never get Ayn Rand. If you cling to your own religious or skeptical premises like a man clinging to a sinking ship, you’ll never get Ayn Rand. You have to be willing to re-examine everything you’ve accepted uncritically in the past. You must be willing to eat from the tree of knowledge and not feel guilty.

    Jul 17, 2008 @ 8:51 pm