Functional Philosophy #68: The Rationality of Following Your Passion, and Judging Historical Figures

In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:

1. "You talked about following your passion in you videos, isn't that mystical? How does reason factor in? Have you seen Mike Rowe's video on it?"

2. "There is a friend of mine who, upon hearing anything associated with Henry Ford, will hasten to make a comment about his antisemitism. He is especially emphatic when something positive is said about Ford. This constant emphasis on Ford’s blemishes seems unjust considering that people, who were essentially monsters but did the occasional good deed, should not be recognized for said good deed at every mention of the suffering and misery that they inflicted.

How should one view the life of someone like Henry Ford. His achievements were monumental in scope and he believed in and promoted human efficacy and individual achievement. Simultaneously he held and promoted vicious ideas about Jews. In light of the latter, is just to view him as a hero and is it just to damn his name and legacy? How should one integrate the good and bad that a historical figure, like Henry Ford, did in order to form a judgement about said individual?"


Functional Philosophy is the show in which Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. If you're curious to see how Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism can bring revolutionary clarity to your life, give it a listen.




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