Romantic love, in the full sense of the term, is an emotion possible only to the man (or woman) of unbreached self-esteem: it is his response to his own highest values in the person of another—an integrated response of mind and body, of love and sexual desire.
“Of Living Death,”
The Voice of Reason, 54.
Here's to ample time with loved ones during this holiday season! And, now, this week's Objectivist Round Up:
Burgess Laughlin presents Neoconservatives' two forms of mysticism posted at The Main Event, saying, "One element of neoconservatism's grave threat to America is its two levels of mysticism. Both forms provide a rationale for neoconservatism's metaphysics of supernaturalism, its ethics of altruism, and its politics of statism."
Miranda Barzey presents My Future Plans posted at Building Atlantis, saying, "A breakdown of my interests and career possibilities and where I'm going with each."
RickMarazzani presents Celebrate a rational holiday with the Atheist Christmas Coloring Book posted at MindPosts, saying, "The Atheist Christmas Coloringbook was made by an objectivist for his rational kids."
Edward Cline presents Obama’s Emerging Enabling Act posted at The Rule of Reason, saying, "Long, long ago, in a world far, far away, philosopher and cultural critic George Santayana in 1905 noted that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”*
Have Americans learned from history? Have they any core knowledge of the past from which to draw wisdom, conclusions, and rational guidance?"
Rachel Miner presents Holiday Letter posted at The Playful Spirit, saying, "My playful take on the annual holiday letter. I have a grand time writing this each year. Multiple choice tests are such fun :)"
Tony White presents Post 2: A Favorite Paragraph in The Fountainhead posted at Peripatetic Thoughts, saying, "The second post on my new blog is an essay on an aspect of The Fountainhead. I spent a fair amount of time on the piece, and I think it will be of general interest to Objectivists. I am not any kind of libertarian or "tolerationist"; I have a brief discussion of myself and the blog in my first introductory post."
Rational Jenn presents TSA: Let's Play the I'm Gonna Touch Your Junk Game! posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "I am repulsed by the TSA's efforts to try to make scanning and groping fun for the children. This is an opportunity to teach children (and other adults, for that matter) about not giving your sanction to intrusive government policies."
Benjamin Skipper presents Planning and Acting as Therapeutic posted at Musing Aloud, saying, "As some may know by now, currently I'm going through a period of immense frustration in my life where I'm trying to oust a problem I've been dealing with my whole life, but cannot get rid of as quickly as I'd like. Throughout this ordeal I've learned a great principle on how to deal with long-term problems and maintain one's mental health in the meanwhile, and I'd like to share it.
Note: I have to speak cryptically because I'm hiding the nature of my project from certain people. I use the word *P*roject to denote this specific endeavor, to separate it from my other projects, and *C*ircumstance to denote the problem that's driving me to these means."
Ari Armstrong presents Roads, Not Walls posted at Free Colorado, saying, "This short talk continues with the theme of the open road versus the closed wall, suggested by John David Lewis's "Nothing Less Than Victory.""
Kelly Valenzuela presents Why "Illegal Immigrant"? posted at Mother of Exiles, saying, "Guest blogger, Santiago Valenzuela, has been on a roll lately with great posts about immigration reform. In this post, he explains why he prefers to use the term "illegal immigrants" vs "undocumented immigrants.""
Lynn Peters W presents Bernie Sanders and his "Amazing Speech" posted at The Lone(ly) Vermont Objectivist, saying, "A dissection of Vermont's socialist Senator recent speech to the U.S. Senate from a rights respecting perspective."
Paul Hsieh presents A Day In The Life Of A Neurosurgery Resident posted at We Stand FIRM, saying, "What does it take to become a brain surgeon? Will we still get the same kind of men becoming doctors under ObamaCare?"
Diana Hsieh presents Productivity Versus Productiveness posted at NoodleFood, saying, "What's the difference between "productiveness" and "productivity" -- and why does it matter?"
David Lewis presents extremism in eating: eat to live or live to eat? posted at david in real life, saying, "Extremism or the art of searing (meat)--is an "extreme" diet really such a bad thing? Do I need nutritional egalitarianism? Do I need diversity in dieting? Do YOU?"
Greg Perkins presents Rebooting The Objectivism Seminar posted at NoodleFood, saying, "The Objectivism Seminar has been running strong since it started back in 2007, and now we're going to launch a new series for helping people systematically study Objectivism!"
Gene Palmisano presents Politically Correct Psychosis posted at The Metaphysical Lunch, saying, "The dangers of political correctness"
Jeff Montgomery presents Mount Falcon Snow And Sun posted at Fun With Gravity, saying, "This is a trail run that started out stormy-looking but had a surprise weather change."
Sean Saulsbury presents Privacy Paranoia posted at SeanCast.com, saying, "Some thoughts on privacy with respect to companies vs. the government."
Valery Publius presents After the Election, the Tea Party Protests Must be Ongoing posted at the-undercurrent.com, saying, "Do Tea Partiers need to revolutionize their understanding of morality if they want to continue to repudiate the current political regime?"
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