July 10, 2008

Your only choice is whether you define your philosophy by a conscious, rational, disciplined process of thought and scrupulously logical deliberation—or let your subconscious accumulate a junk heap of unwarranted conclusions, false generalizations, undefined contradictions, undigested slogans, unidentified wishes, doubts and fears, thrown together by chance, but integrated by your subconscious into a kind of mongrel philosophy and fused into a single, solid weight: self-doubt, like a ball and chain in the place where your mind’s wings should have grown.

– Ayn Rand, from Philosophy: Who Needs It?

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  1. The Bully said

    See this is what I hate about Ayn Rand; she says half of something very intelligent, than does a 180 and says something I completely disagree with.

    Yeah, a lot of people have a lot of cognitive dissonance and self-refuting ideals, and they need to work that out.

    But self-doubt isn’t the devil that Ayn Rand makes it out to be. The worst decisions in the world were made without self-doubt (e.g. most wars). Self-doubt is the check on both the best and the worst of ourselves. It’s a necessary check, and something we should have to battle every time we make a decision, to filter out the bad ones.

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