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I have heard that from several people over the years and get the uneasy feeling they are trying to get me to give up on what I believe, but I can't figure out what the package deal is they are pushing.

asked Jan 23 '11 at 21:41

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edited Jan 23 '11 at 22:14

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Above all, one should not assume the burden of answering someone else's claim when phrased in the form of a slogan or bromide. As you said, such statements often contain package deals, and the speaker may not even have a clear idea of what he intends.

This particular bromide seems to make an equivocation between genuine individualism and living as an antisocial hermit. If someone is making the claim that these are one and the same, then he should put the argument in those words and defend his position, rather than leaving it up to you to figure out what he is trying to say.

The proper response to an "argument" by slogan is to reply: "What do you mean by that, and why?"

answered Jan 23 '11 at 21:59

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Ostracism. You are being threatened with what most people regard as the ultimate punishment--being left to your own devices, pushed from the nest, rejected, repudiated, denied, refused, outlawed, forsaken, de-friended, killed. Well, "killed" in the sense of many primitive societies, where being sent out into the wild alone meant death.

Many people gave up on their truth when they came face-to-face with the threat of being rejected by their friends, family, and significant others, and they expect you to be frightened of the prospect, as were they.

Objectivism sorts out the ways in which an individual is an island--in his thought and moral self-construction--and acknowledges, fully, the ways in which society is valuable. Only a philosophy that can do this can help you defend your individuality, while at the same time appreciating and maximizing the potential of living in society.

Make no mistake about it, THIS is the battle for your soul.

answered Jan 23 '11 at 22:07

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edited Jan 23 '11 at 22:19

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