(1) Thoughts & Feelings (2) Handling Emotions (3) Free Speech & Cultural Prospects
In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:
00:38 - "'A perfect, clear understanding also means a feeling. It isn’t enough to realize a thing is true. The realization must be so clear that one feels this truth. For men act on feelings, not on thoughts. Every thought should be part of yourself, your body, your nature, and every part of your nature should be a thought. Every feeling – a thought, every thought – a feeling.' [— Ayn Rand, in her journals]
What I take this to mean, is that it is a germ of Rand’s more fully developed concept that ideally man is an integrated being of thought, feeling and action – in fact, that a healthy human being experiences no contradiction between his thoughts, his emotions and his actions. Further, I take from this, that though it is one’s volitional consciousness that selects one’s goals and purposes and one’s direction, it is one’s emotions (hopefully one’s passions), that fuel the actions one takes to achieve one’s purposes. If our premises are true, then our passions drive us to our goals.
12:05 - "What is the difference between controlling emotion vs. suppressing/repressing emotion?"
20:40 - "If Objectivism is inevitably going to dominate the culture, why will it take going through a dark ages before it is rediscovered? Isn't it more likely for it to happen now? When we have free speech and the internet? -- If Thomas Aquinas could single handedly bring man out of the dark ages through reintroducing Aristotle, why couldn’t Ayn Rand bring us out of our present philosophical Deadpool of nihilism and decay? We have complete free speech and the internet. How is it possible we are still losing? -- Once Objectivism takes hold, will it be irreversible? It provides too many correct answers for another Immanual Kant type to undo?"
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