You can tell when I’m reading Ayn Rand

I have noticed within myself and others that in the battle between rationality and emotions, emotions win out. Usually this leads to actions that are detrimental to ourselves and others.
When are we supposed to be emotional and when do you set aside emotions and be rational? And how do you know that you’ve fully set aside your emotions? What are emotions except a collection of pre-programmed triggered responses in our psychology and physiology? How do you ignore wiring? How can we tell that what we think as rationalism isn’t just some excuse our reptilian brain made up so that we can continue to eat and procreate and survive as individuals and as a species?
We can’t, but should that mean that we throw out rationality? Should it mean that we stop the futility of saying which of our actions are right and which are wrong because we don’t know if we’re even in control? No, the fact that we don’t know is the ultimate reason for rational thinking to exist. It is the reason that we have to always strive towards a definition and adoption of a rational morality. If we don’t have, in our biological programming, moral codes inbred into our genes, then the study of morality is required of us to continue our existence.
But don’t we have morals biologically programmed into our genes? Without mental derangement of some kind, certain fundamental things are part of our programming. Such as the desire to live. Our physical body and our mind has natural responses aimed towards our physical survival.
But that’s all we’re given. Our other self, the mental entity, has no programming to save itself from death. Being physically alive but emotionally and mentally dead is unfortunately a large part of an average human being’s current life. Ninety-nine percent of the average man’s moments in life are spent not being where they are or thinking what they would like to think. Our mind is like a motor and we’re constantly in idle.
Imagine an entire highway with cars only running on idle. Slowly trudging down streets, the traffic coming to an almost halt when approaching a hill. Only pressing the gas slightly if some sort of danger or something of need arises. And then there are a few cars zipping along certain highways, but on others they are idling with the rest. Some people are alive at work or while playing video games, but they fall back asleep with their relationships or family. Some people try to attain this sense of life by jumping off planes or climbing mountains, but they can’t bring themselves to be interested in work or productive ventures. And then there are others who are content without ever being alive, lethargy and the miasma of incongruous thoughts are satisfactory for them.
Morality’s primary purpose is to be a barrier against self, mental, destruction. It’s secondary purpose is to give us back the joy of zipping along the highways of our life. Most people never reach beyond the primary purpose of morality. They wouldn’t go down the dark path of utter self-disillusionment, they try to keep a semblance of general surface reality of what is true and right. Thus most people won’t steal.. but they’ll cheat if they can get away with it.
One thing that I believe we fail to teach our children, because I’ve never really been taught this myself and I’m sure very few others have either, is that morality and joy are in direct proportion to each other. Through various methods we are unwittingly taught that they are in inverse proportions. When we’re having fun, we have our toys and our voices and even our movement of body taken away from us and we are told that we are behaving badly. We are told that a person of high morals is one who stays silent, listens and obeys without needing to fully understand, and is polite at all times and will play little and work lots.
But who is there to teach us the proper set of morals? If most people subscribe to a doctrine where morality and enjoyment are in conflict with one another, what can they teach their young except the doctrine that they themselves live by? It is said that you begin to raise your children 20 years before you have had them. I believe it’s time we began to raise our children.


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