Now that the holiday season is almost upon us I ask this question: What is the objectivist view of the above story?
Nov 16 '13 at 18:18
Nov 16 '13 at 18:46
Greg Perkins ♦♦
It's funny somebody should ask this question. I thought of this myself. There are two ways to look at it. One: Scrooge adopts the philosophy of altruism by witnessing the negative effects of greed, and by the end of the story, becomes a selfless man. Two: Scrooge finds the benevolence within himself underneath his bitterness and becomes a charitable person, giving to others without compulsion. Personally, the latter interpretation is better.
It's incredibly easy to give A Christmas Carol the ominous ALTRUISM stamp, but I find it's more about kindness than about giving. People start to like Scrooge near the end not only because he becomes more giving, but because he'd transformed into a totally nice person within the hours of a single night. That's what it's about.
Fiction is my expertise. If you have any more questions, I'll be glad to answer them for you regarding any specific story you have in mind.
From what I understand objectivism isn't against voluntary giving. It's against the notion that one must give to everyone regardless; the notion that it is everyone's sacred duty to give and give.
I enjoy contributing to charities of my choice since I like doing important and worthy things!
So long as you willingly choose on your own to be charitable, that's fine. Just don't guilt trip others into giving. They're entitled to all of their property just as much as you're entitled to give yours away.
Collin1, where do you get the impression that I would "guilt trip?"
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