A LINK for later
I think for myself. I always have. Well, at least since the age of 7, when I remember clearly how strongly I objected to being told by a close relative that I believed in the same religious crap that he did.
I doubted then, and still do, in the existence of a Supreme Being who “created” the universe in which we live. I’m perfectly willing to coexist with people who have faith in this or that. To me, “God” means “good” and somewhere along the way the letter O got dropped from the inside. And “good” is another way of expressing the power of love, and I even once sincerely answered yes to the minister’s question, “Do you consider yourself religious?” Because being “religious,” to me, is believing in the power of love.
The minister in this case was the settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist congregation to which I’ve belonged for the past 23 years. A healthy percentage of us UUs share thoughts similar to mine. But we all of us think for ourselves. That’s what defines us.
So anyway, it’s not particularly hard to understand why one of the things I love about Ayn Rand is her rabid atheism. I’m NOT an atheist, per se, because as I suggested near the beginning, all I have are doubts. I’m not QUITE a pure agnostic, because I’m not persuaded that God, if he or she exists, can never be known. That’s how I think agnosticism is defined: a lack of belief in God because God is unknowable. But I’m close. I just say, God is PROBABLY unknowable. If he or she exists.
I’m even less a believer in Christianity, however you want to define that branch of human thought or belief.
Now let’s move from religion to politics. I fell in love with Ayn Rand’s books when I was 19 years old, and my first presidential vote was for Barry Goldwater. After that I voted for Richard Nixon twice, followed by votes for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan (twice), Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton (twice), Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama (twice). Most of my fellow UUs are confirmed Democrats, and I’m a member of that party only because I joined in 2008 to help get Obama nominated. (We have closed primaries in Florida.)
But I still love Ayn Rand, even though she was a scummy human being and her philosophy and politics were borderline demented. Not that I’m happy being “Atlas Shrugged” bedfellows with the likes of Ron Paul, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck. I’ll see Part 3 of “Atlas Shrugged: the movie” because I loved loved loved that book. As for John Aglioloro, while I’m grateful he went to the trouble to purchase the rights and get the movie to the big screen, I deplore his lack of professionalism when it came to producing the movie. Part 1 was pretty good. It got horrible reviews because of political differences between Objectivism and the liberal press. Part 2 stunk. Part 3 will probably stink, but I still feel a need to bear witness.
I may be inclined to vote Republican someday, but I don’t know when or if. Currently, that party and all of its members are nobody I want to be associated with.
The article I linked at the top is of moderate interest, so I’m sharing.