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In society, especially in an extrovert-focused society such as the US, the benefits (or corresponding penalties) of social status or lack thereof are probably too great to be completely ignored by a rational individual.

My question is, should an Objectivist in that context care about his or her position in society when it can have a huge impact on his/her ability to get jobs, relate to others and find romantic partners?

asked May 14 '13 at 01:18

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edited May 14 '13 at 09:22

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Howard Roark and Peter Keating are either-or. One can't be both. Objectivism also disputes any claim that the life of Howard Roark is a lifetime of pain and misery without ever finding happiness. It one objects that Roark's world is fiction and "real life isn't like that," then one should consider the Objectivist view of the role of art in man's life, especially romantic realism -- along with the role of ideas in general and the reality of the commitment needed to fight for better ideas in a less-than-ideal world. Unless one is living in a dictatorship, there is always a chance for a rational life in an irrational society.

answered May 17 '13 at 22:12

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