SATURDAY, January 18, 2014 7:00 PM Arrival Time


TOS Blog from 11/26/2013 Recycling Worthless Garbage is Immoral



Jackie Hazelton


During my years of leading Objectivist discussion groups, I have heard various activities labeled as immoral such as smoking, overeating, being overweight, declaring bankruptcy, giving blood, watching TV, … and now the latest, recycling.

Quoting Ayn Rand, “The Objectivist ethics holds man’s life as the standard of value—and his own life as the ethical purpose of every individual man.” (VOS p. 25)  But wait you say, ethics only applies to your relation to other people.  If you were a Robinson Crusoe living alone on an island, you could eat as much fish and coconuts and be as fat as you wanted.  Not so says Ayn Rand, “You who prattle that morality is social and that man would need no morality on a desert island—it is on a desert island that he would need it most.  Let him try to claim, when there are no victims to pay for it, that a rock is a house, that sand is clothing, that food will drop into his mouth without cause or effort, that he will collect a harvest tomorrow by devouring his stock seed today—and reality will wipe him out, as he deserves; reality will show him that life is a value to be bought and that thinking is the only coin noble enough to buy it.”

We will be discussing how Objectivists should judge what is moral and what is immoral.


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