glyph 38: ayn rand, lao russell, individualism, selfishness, extended self, extended empathic self, yasuhiko kimura


"The Virtues of Enlightened Selfishness", by Yasuhiko Kimura

Ayn Rand & Lao Russell

Yasuhiko Kimura writes: 'When you look at the reading list from my transformational programs, you will find books by Ayn Rand (1905-1983) and Lao Russell (1904-1988) side by side. These were two of the most powerful women of the 20th century, sharing almost identical spans of time in history. However, their philosophical outlooks are diametrically opposite to one another. Rand is an atheist and argues for the virtues of selfishness, while Russell is a theist and preaches the virtues of selflessness. People ask me how I can reconcile these two seemingly contradictory philosophical positions. ...'

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