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I have fully enjoyed my journey through Ayn Rand's books. I have thoroughly read all of her published works. I have since become a student of her philosophy for the past year and it has connected me to glimpses of something better. That being said, I am further studying and understanding much of her philosophy in relation to my own reality (practical/gradual process it seems). I have found much truth here for myself...a better way of seeing which i wish to continue pursuing obviously. Are there any words of wisdom on how I can better my understanding and practical-integration of Objectivism into my life without overwhelming myself? I'm looking for some guidance here obviously...it is not easy to digest this philosophy all by oneself without some further insight!.

asked Jan 22 '12 at 16:02

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edited Jan 22 '12 at 17:55

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You sound like you are on the right track. Relating Rand's writings to your own observations requires developing an active mind a permanent attribute. Asking questions in forums such as these can provide additional insights from others actively doing the same thing from a different perspective. Even as your inquiry allows me to see how you articulated what I am doing with the material of Objectivism for myself. Enjoy the journey.

A couple of more points in retrospect.

When discussing issues with others, pay note to where you have difficulty putting your thoughts into words.

Also, when someone seems to be saying something, you know is not quite right, but you can't put your finger directly on it.

Both of these (related) observations can be used to indicate issues where stronger understanding can be benificial in your quest.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 17:32

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edited Jan 22 '12 at 18:03

Good question. A few of the potential hang-ups that come to mind:

  1. Understanding that rational self-interest requires a long-term view. Avoid the short-term or hedonistic path.
  2. Watch for evasion in your life. When you encounter it, take the time and effort to understand why it's happening, and make course corrections accordingly.
  3. Avoid being second-handed. It's a mistake to try to adopt a way of thinking or doing things just because someone else said it was a good idea. Put in the work that's needed to make sure you can see and understand the reasons behind your actions.

answered Jan 22 '12 at 17:38

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