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Ayn Rand has said that your loved one is a very high value and it cannot be replaced. The loss of such a value is mourned. In essence, what is it about how an Objectivist mourns that sets them apart from non-Objectivists?

asked Jan 07 '12 at 18:37

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edited Jan 07 '12 at 18:39

That is a pretty broad spectrum. Is there something in common that all non-Objectivist mourn the same way in which an Objectivist's morning could be distinguished from? Do Baptist and Catholics mourn the same way? Do theists and atheists mourn the same way? How about Hindus or Bhuddists?

(Jan 07 '12 at 19:56) dream_weaver ♦ dream_weaver's gravatar image

It is hard for anyone, Objectivist or non-Objectivist, to cope with the death of a loved one. Objectivism does not prescribe a particular form of morning. It does tell you that you should be rational, however. So this does rule out some forms of attempted coping. For example, deluding yourself about the person "going to a better place" would not be rational.

answered Jan 07 '12 at 21:05

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There are probably as many ways of dealing with the death as there are people.

What I have done is to think about the good things that person brought to my life. I try to hold their memory with me in a pleasant, respectful way, so that when I think of them, it brings me pleasure and not pain.

I also accept that I miss them. Yes, it can be sad and painful at times, but death is also a fact of life.

What I don't do is to focus on their death, or to make justifications about why their death was really OK. It's not OK, but it is reality. I don't speak to their "spirit" or pray or make wishes. I don't imagine them being with other loved ones who have died. And I certainly don't say to myself that I will see them again when I die.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 01:13

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An Objectivist will recognize that thoughts cause emotion and will understand that it is thinking about the past (what was lost) and thinking about the future (what could've been) is what causes one to suffer. With that recognition, the Objectivist will focus his thoughts on things within reality that he can control, e.g., taking care of those left behind, and not so much on things that no longer or will never exist in reality.

answered Jan 07 '12 at 23:02

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