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Very interesting post, Kent. I'll include it in our next "Features of the week" post, if that's all right with you.

Favela Cranshaw

Subscribing to a philosophy of faith is the disintegration Rand is talking about. Best you not quote her in this context.

The Financial Philosopher


I appreciate your insight; however, the way I interpret her words is that Philosophy provides a foundation. Without a foundation, we do not have anything to build upon. This "foundation" can be applied to anything you wish...

I know very little about Ayn Rand but I do know that, upon further research, I may not share some of her philosophies; however, the words I quoted can be applied in a context that goes beyond her personal views, just as any "wisdom" put forth by any philosopher.

As von Goethe said, "All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience."

When I "think over" Rand's words, I only see them in a context that fits the subject matter of my post and pay no particular consideration as to what thoughts were in her mind when she delivered them 33 years ago...

For another example, consider these words from the ancient philosopher, Archmides: "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world." Do you think that he ever dreamed his quote would be used 2300 years later to describe the borrowing of "someone else's money" in the form of "financial leverage?"


Thanks again for your comment...



Nice quote response. I don't think you need to agree with 100% of another individual's views in order to agree with much of what they believe. To use the Ayn Rand example: I agree with much of what she thought, do I agree with everything? No. You cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater so to speak...

Joel @ money saving

i really like you spin on the idea of teaching children to question instead of always looking for answers.

myths and fables worked for ways of teaching children for centuries, adults too i might add.

everyone knows the story of icarus and his melting wax on his wings. lessons are more easily learned by looking at how others have failed than by looking at ourselves.

people hate to face their own short comings but when presented the way you do here they digest it as you said much easier.

nice post kent


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