Appaling things

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Wed, 2006-04-19 00:42

This is posted in the links section of TOC's website.

SOLOPassion -- The other part of the former SOLOHQ, run by Lindsay Perigo. Not friendly to The Atlas Society/Objectivist Center, but they still link to us.

For a group who has taken the liberal face of Objectivism, is this really appropriate?

Recent Comments:
Ergh — by Joe Idoni on Sun, 2006-05-07 23:26
Joe ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-19 01:03
Old news. — by Landon Erp on Wed, 2006-04-19 00:45

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Censoring a Dead Man

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Submitted by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-04-18 16:07

The late Jack Anderson "wrote about Watergate, CIA assassination schemes, and countless scandals. ... His archive, some 200 boxes now being held by George Washington University's library, could be a trove of information about state secrets, dirty dealings, political maneuverings, and old-fashioned investigative journalism, open for historians and up-and-coming reporters to see. But the government wants to see the documents before anyone else. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have told university officials and members of the Anderson family that they want to go through the archive, and that agents will remove any item they deem confidential or top secret." Chronicle of Higher Education.

Recent Comments:
Are you saying that only if — by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-04-25 17:19
Knowledge of facts cannot be owned — by AdamReed on Sat, 2006-04-22 07:01
re:"Not Intelectual Property" — by Charles Henrikson on Fri, 2006-04-21 22:53

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Ignorance is bliss

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-04-17 20:36

A while back, I wrote a letter containing the following:

I'm surprised to see Ismail Waja calling for more understanding of Islam amongst Westerners; surely it would be easier to sell Islam as a misunderstood religion of peace if we didn't understand its fundamentals?

I was firmly convinced that the more that non-Muslims actually find out about Islam, the less they'll be inclined to believe that it's a religion of peace at it's core. It turns out that I was absolutely right:

Recent Comments:
My experience has been that — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-04-20 23:26
No. At least in New — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-04-20 21:09
Did he? — by Richard Wiig on Thu, 2006-04-20 06:40

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Name That Novel #1

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Submitted by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-04-17 07:47

Name that novel:

Among many morals which press upon us from the poor minister's miserable experience, we put only this into a sentence: "Be true! Be true! Be true! Show freely to the world, if not your worst, yet some trait whereby the worst may be inferred!"

Recent Comments:
Re: "The Scarlet Letter" — by mcohen on Tue, 2006-04-18 02:43
We have a winner! Michelle, — by Lanza Morio on Mon, 2006-04-17 17:20
Re: Name that novel — by mcohen on Mon, 2006-04-17 15:05

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Love and Grief

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-17 01:51

DPF bloggs on the Daily Telegraph, specifically on a quote from our Queen...

Grief is the price we pay for love

I don't agree.

Grief is the price we pay for love lost. If love lost is the same as love then all love must fail.

Recent Comments:
That was pretty clever — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-04-22 23:46
I don't even know — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2006-04-22 13:16
You just don't have a very — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-04-22 13:01

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Polyphasic sleep

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2006-04-17 00:11

I've been reading a bit about polyphasic sleep recently, trying to get a feel for whether it'd fit my working style and hobbies.

Polyphasic sleep involves taking multiple short sleep periods throughout the day instead of getting all your sleep in one long chunk. A popular form of polyphasic sleep, the Uberman sleep schedule, suggests that you sleep 20-30 minutes six times per day, with equally spaced naps every 4 hours around the clock. This means you’re only sleeping 2-3 hours per day. I’d previously heard of polyphasic sleep, but until now I hadn’t come across practical schedules that people seem to be reporting interesting results with.

Recent Comments:
My wife and I considered — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:56
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:12
Hmmm — by Andrew Bissell on Mon, 2006-04-17 08:16

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The Great Symphonies -- Dvorak and Tchaikovsky

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:55

This week I am recommending recordings for the symphonies of two outstanding late 19th century composers. Two of the great creators of melody and orchestration, Antonin Dvorak a Czech and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky a Russian composed some of the most beautiful music ever written. I consider all of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky to be masterpieces. Dvorak's great works for this genre were his final three symphonies.

Recent Comments:
Bernstein NY Philharmonic version — by wngreen on Sun, 2006-04-23 02:43
Robert — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-04-21 21:32
Personal Preferences - — by Robert Malcom on Fri, 2006-04-21 20:26

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Common sense is not so "common"

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-04-16 20:57

Interesting article from the New Scientist concerning concept formation and reasoning from the ground up.

Namely, how do you teach a computer common sense?

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New SOLO Webmaster!

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:56

I am very excited to announce that we have a new SOLO co-webmaster to replace the excellent Duncan Bayne who is stepping down next month to pursue a business venture.

This new webmaster is... Ross Elliot! Ross is an experienced programmer and a long time member of SOLO. I am extremely pleased that he has accepted my offer and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements that he and Julian will make to the website during the next several months.

- Jason

Recent Comments:
My understanding ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-19 07:29
You sure are, Ash. By the — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:30
I Should Be — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:14

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Christianism in Power: The FDA as an Instrument of Mass Murder

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-04-16 07:36

"On December 1st, Merck & Company applied to the Food and Drug Administration for a license to sell a vaccine that it has developed to protect women against the human papilloma virus. ... More than twelve thousand women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six were monitored for an average of two years. The results were conclusive: twenty-one of the women who received a placebo during the trial developed the cellular abnormalities that are associated with cancer and other illnesses. Not one of those in the vaccinated group did. Another vaccine, which is being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, promises to be just as effective."

Recent Comments:
christianism — by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-06-04 22:29
Well said — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 13:22

Silver Lining

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-04-16 02:28

T'is an ill wind that blows nobody any good! Allow me to demonstrate.

The Silver Lining # 1:

--Click to enlarge

Lindsay Mitchell blogged on Saturday of the English police emergency that had a Herefordshire shopkeeper rush to the crime scene, his shop, in a bluster. Turned out they wanted to impound three gollywog dolls in the shop window!

Recent Comments:
That's nothing — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:51


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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-04-16 00:50

T. S. Eliot said that “April is the cruellest month,” but since it is the month when I celebrate the birth of Rachmaninoff, I think It is just fine. So I thought I would put down a few thoughts about SR.
Actually, I have two questions before I begin. (1) I find I hear many more of the notes that SR wrote when I have the score on my lap when I’m listening or when I’m playing him on my Steinway, as opposed to listening to him in the car or without the score. For example, I can hardly hear all of the subtle changes in the middle voices in the right hand when I’m just listening to the “un poco meno mosso” section of the g minor prelude from Op. 23. After all SR has the left hand playing 24 16th notes and the 1 and 5 fingers of the right hand playing octaves—so its easy to lose those middle tones. So my question is, How much did SR intend the non-music score reader to hear? I suppose “all” is the right answer but is SR expecting too much of the average listener?

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Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 16:53
RCA/Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 11:30
Linz, — by seddon on Mon, 2006-04-17 00:57

In love with America

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Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-04-14 15:03

I'm always incredulous at the things people say against their own culture. Everywhere one goes one encounters hatred towards George Bush, the US, Tony Blair and pretty much everything that is making an attempt to stand up for justice in the face of Islamo-fascism. And yet while George Bush is hated and equated with Hitler, I rarely hear anyone express anger towards Bin Laden, Saddam, Islamic beheaders, or any other mass murdererer - in fact the very sort of people who are actually threatening our lives right now.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Recent Comments:
Kenny, have a read of this. — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 05:02
Time To Fight The Real War — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-04-18 01:37
That's all? — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-17 23:24


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Submitted by Tenyamc on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:58

When you're expecting your first baby, you can find numerous books that include directions for bathing your new baby. New parent classes usually devote at least one session to bathing the new baby. Finally, if you feel the need for some last-minute instruction, most hospitals have videos and nurses available to advise new parents on this and many other aspects of newborn care. What these many guides fail to make adequately clear is that wet babies are very slippery, once soap is added, they are even slipperier. Further when you bathe a real live baby, you get very wet. If you bathe your child in the bathtub, it hurts your back. Added to these complications, many very young babies become frightened when placed in a tub of water.

Recent Comments:
Everyday-ness — by VSD on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:06
Love the sink! — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:45
Kitchen sink — by Tenyamc on Sat, 2006-04-15 21:14

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Objectivism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-14 04:02


This essay is a discussion of the Correspondence Theory of Truth (CTOT) and how the theory fits into the philosophy of Objectivism. I will argue that properly understood, the CTOT is compatible with Objectivist epistemology. I will also discuss pitfalls that must be avoided to keep the door closed to skepticism.

Readers should note that I am writing here for two distinct audiences. The first is the Objectivist community at large, those who are already familiar with the philosophy. I am also presenting this essay to my Senior Seminar in Philosophy class at the University of South Carolina for peer review.

Recent Comments:
I prefer 'aspects of existents' — by Ed on Tue, 2006-04-25 05:03
Thanks Ed — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-04-24 20:36
terminology — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 06:04

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The Actual Nature of Offshoring and of Our Balance of Trade Deficits

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-04-13 21:33

Few issues are more frequently commented on than the shifting of American manufacturing to locations outsides the United States, in order to take advantage of lower foreign wage rates, particularly in Asia. This shifting is what is meant by “offshoring.” With equal or greater frequency lamentations are heard concerning the United States’ chronic excess of imports over exports, i.e., its so-called “unfavorable” balance of trade.

Here’s an example that will help to put both matters in proper perspective.

Recent Comments:
Outsourcing versus Exile — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2007-01-26 04:11
Offshoring — by 0 on Thu, 2007-01-25 22:28
Just a smidge above slaves — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-04-19 16:22

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The Non-Partisan Passion of JARS

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:30

Well known is the story of Ayn Rand's appearance on Donahue, as told by Barbara Branden. The story is used as evidence of Rand's intolerance and dogmatic insistence on agreement. Anyone who has actually seen the footage knows that this story is a lie.

Recent Comments:
Ted, you're a moron. Ooops, — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 22:06
QED — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:33
Fred and Ted — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:23

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Objectivist Club to display Muhammad cartoons at The University of Montana

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:27

Here's a press release I sent out to some local papers today about an event the UM Objectivist Club will be holding tomorrow:


April 13, 2006

UM Objectivist Club to display Muhammad cartoons at UM, raise money for
Canadian newspaper's legal defense fund

Recent Comments:
Good job, Andrew. — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 23:02
same — by Mike_M on Sun, 2006-04-16 22:11
Wow — by Andrew Bissell on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:24

Steam and Religion

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 11:41

Rev Watergrave
As a spin-off from talking about The Root of All Evil, Richard Dawkins' new television documentary, the Julian Pistorius blog has called me out on my views on religion.

My respect for religion is like my admiration for a well-made steam engine. It's great what it can do, we're more powerful with it than with nothing in its place BUT it has been supplanted and the new way is better. But Julian comes back with...

The Necessity of Destroying Iran

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-04-13 03:27

Whatever one's views on the use of anticipatory self-defense against Iran, it is becoming increasingly clear (but apparently not to all) that action MUST be taken. President Bush once referred to Ahmadinejad as an "odd guy." That is an understatement on every level. Ensconced on the throne of Islam's shining star, Ahmadinejad's rhetoric is not merely inflammatory - he's backing it up with actions. He is, simply put, a fanatacist - a member of an obscure Shi'ite sect that eagerly awaits Armageddon and the appearance of the 12th Imam. Fueled by such irrational beliefs, this "odd guy" will employ whatever methods necessary to legitimize his utterly absurd beliefs.

Recent Comments:
Not a clue... — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-04-19 05:28
I've just realised that this — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:29
Kenny, if you were to apply — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 23:52

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Review of Robert Campbell's JARS Essay

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 21:08

This blog entry is a review of Robert Campbell's essay Ayn Rand and the Cognitive Revolution in Psychology. Mr. Campbell provided a link to this essay in another thread, encouraging review.

Recent Comments:
You can call me Dr. Cohen... — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 17:21
Re: Cognitive Poetics — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:51
Cognitive poetics — by Robert Campbell on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:03

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Muslims get tits in a tangle

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:30

A new Muslim-sensitive edition of Playboy has appeared in the world's most populous Muslim nation that should please all the local and international idiots who favour wowserish puritanism for Muslim women -- the just-launched Indonesian edition lifts the burqah on "midriffs, thighs and cleavage," but contains no nudity. None at all. I swear I am not making this up.

Recent Comments:
Who ripped the pics out, dammit? — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:15
Grizzlies — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 10:11
*I'm* not grizzling about — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:35

A movie about the mind, apparently

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:28

Let me introduce you to a film in which the contradictions are apparently all worth it.

A teen-flick that celebrates intelligence.
A film in which Kim Basinger wins out by the use of her mind.
A thriller in which cellphones and technology star, and in which the mind comes out victorious over muscle.

Thrilling stuff, huh? Sounds like it to me too, and I know nothing more about it than what I've read here, and that it's called Cellular.

LINK: The digital divide: It's not the money stupid - Owen McShane, NBR

Recent Comments:
Life is 'cellular' nowadays...dude — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-15 04:46

Celebrating those charming Easter rituals

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:26

Every year at Easter we celebrate sacrifice with time-honoured rituals that go to the heart of who we are as a society. This year will be no exception.

Recent Comments:
mmmm...sacrilicious.... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:32
Closed — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:44
Shop Trading Restrictions are a Human Rights Issue — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-04-14 01:11

Is it true that the government that governs best, governs least?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:18

'The Government that Governs Best, Governs Least.' That's true, but it's not the whole truth -- which just shows you how reliable bumper-sticker philosophy can be. What's missing from that analysis is what gets too many libertarians confused.

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Size is important — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 13:48

Meeting Nathaniel Branden

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Submitted by William E. Perry on Wed, 2006-04-12 16:03

The first time I met Nathaniel Branden was at the 1998 Summer Seminar of what was then called the Institute for Objectivist Studies. IOS later became The Objectivist Center. George H. Smith took me to an area of the common room in which Branden was talking to a few people. He introduced me to him.

I had recently read Judgment Day. At that point his revised version was about to be released as My Years with Ayn Rand. I asked Branden why he had to revise the book. He told me that he had made mistakes as to details, and that others had corrected him. He felt the need to make those corrections. I found out later that many of the corrections had come from Barbara Branden.

Recent Comments:
Correction: Authors of emails not known — by 0 on Mon, 2008-01-14 10:56
'masks', Disorders...and gossip — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 08:02
Sub-personalities — by eg on Thu, 2006-04-20 23:49

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If you love cars you are up against a global conspiracy to destroy your spirit. You must rebel.

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 13:13

Jeremy Clarkson, host of "Top Gear", socks it to the current culture of enviro-"mentalism".

Recent Comments:
Top Gear's Top Man — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 22:49
I adore Clarkeson — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:41
Thanks Tim — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 22:15

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Greetings All

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-04-12 03:07

I apologise for posting prior to saying "Hello".

This wonderful site is just so full of great stuff, and it is taking me some time to learn how to navigate around it all.

Anyhow, here is me, from New Zealand and I really look forward to some wonderful discussions, debate and indeed to be able to poke a bit of fun into the orrifice of the great global village - now and then.


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Yes, I am of good Scots — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-04-17 04:37
Sorry Ross — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:42
Kenny, directly above my — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-04-15 23:19

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Self-Love as a Prime Mover

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 00:25


I love my life. And I don't just mean life in general, but my life in particular. I love my name, the particulars of my body, my voice, I love the fact that I'm a man, my taste in music, my hometown, my local football team, pretty much everything that makes me distinctly who I am. I would not want to trade my face with anyone, even someone better looking than me. I love my consciousness, and my body's particular physical manifestation in reality.

All of these distinguishing characteristics are morally neutral. It is no more ethical to be male or female, to root for the Panthers or the Redskins, to have green eyes or brown eyes, to be from Greenville, SC or somewhere else. One may ask: On what basis can one value his particular distinguishing characteristics more highly than any other possible combination? There are no absolute standards of judgment in this morally optional realm. My simple answer: Self-love is a prime mover.

Recent Comments:
Football — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 20:50
Washington Capitals for me — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:28

Evil and Evil-doers

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 14:15

I believe in evil, you should too, here's why.

All our actions are goal-directed actions. Open the window because you want some fresh air. Go to work to earn some money. But what goal does fresh air and money achieve? Is there some final goal that all the little actions and little goals are a means to? Yes there is, and that's living. Living is an end in itself for us.

Recent Comments:
For sure — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:43
I, personally, am very much — by Andrew Bissell on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:20

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