Matilda Madalina thank you for your feedback and your response. I’d love if you could point out the exact place you think the contradiction happens between the first and the last part of this article. I agree with you about the fact that I might need to read more of Ayn Rand’s critics to have a more rounded perspective on things. In the past I have. And I have also been raised in an Eastern European communist regime so I felt the “community over individual” philosophy on my own skin. However, if I have already found a life philosophy that works for me and is aligned with my values, why would I search around and see what are the critics saying? Perhaps I need to do that in order to gain more information or answer some doubts or questions for myself. But honestly at this point in my life, I don’t really care what they’re saying because the philosophy of Ayn Rand is something I truly believe in. I am open to the debate, though, and am willing to discuss the subject as I am interested in other perspectives.
I agree that I might lack deep insight and knowledge about social and economic structures, but I think you might have misunderstood my point about giving away to charities. I am not against “giving” per se. I am against giving for the sake of giving and I don’t do it just to feel better about myself. A lot of people just give 10% of their income to charity because this is the right thing to do. They haven’t helped themselves enough to be able to live a conscious life but they’re constantly giving. You can’t fill someones else’s cup if you’re cup is not overflowing. Charity is w weird thing. I would rather help a friend with life-changing advice that I know will impact a life in a deep way then extend $5 to a homeless man. I think giving is very noble and essential for our survival but as written in my article, it is always an exchange. I prefer that exchange to be more valuable and meaningful than simply throwing money at someone because there is a high chance that that someone who’s never had money and is conditioned to be always “given” will never stand up and make a life for himself. That homeless man is probably not saving money to go to college tomorrow. I think we need to start early and start with children – giving them the opportunity to great education and exposure to the world. You might read the studies on African development and theories about Africa being so undeveloped mostly because of all the “giving” from the first world countries. We need to practice mindful giving: giving education, developing critical thinking, providing opportunies. Something that people will work for and not sleep on the street with an extended hand, receiving money, spending it in the same way as yesterday and waking up in the same place again tomorrow with the same extended hand. ;)