Ayn Rand Center Ukraine

Live objectivistically

 Although it is thought that philosophy is something obscure and impractical, it does not apply to Ayn Rand’s philosophy. On the contrary, applying her ideas helps in everyday life, particularly in making the right decisions.




“I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.”


Ayn Rand



Reason – Purpose – Self-esteem


 Ayn Rand believed that a person who wants to live with dignity should be guided by the three highest cornerstones of life: reason, purpose, and self-esteem.


  • The reason is the only instrument of knowledge and the only standard of truth.


The reason is our primary mechanism of survival, the only weapon with which we are born. And to live happily, we must use this weapon. However, the problem for many people is that they avoid thinking.


To think is to make an effort. Thinking is not an automatic process like the work of the stomach, lungs, or heart. The functioning of the reason is a choice. In each situation, we decide whether to think or not to think, to hold our views, or to look at the world through the eyes of others.


  • The purpose is to choose to be happy, which should be achieved with the help of the mind.


The purpose allows a person to establish a hierarchy of their values ​​and deprive them of meaningless internal conflicts. Instead, a person without a purpose lives chaotically. They cannot say what is important to them and what is not, so they float helplessly downstream, subject to temporary whims. A person without a purpose cannot enjoy life and cannot be happy.


  • Self-esteem is the unshakable certainty that you are worthy of happiness, which means worthy of life.


Self-esteem is based on a person’s ability to think. In order to have self-esteem, you need to perceive yourself objectively in the context of the whole world.


 Self-esteem is something that cannot be killed in a person, but it is possible to kill a person’s claim to self-esteem.



 Rules of life from Ayn Rand


 From the values of the Objectivism, you can deduce three rules of life, following which you will be a happier person.


  • Act wisely


The mind allows us to understand and perceive the world around us. And only through reason can we make our lives better.


  • Have a clear understanding of why you are using your mind and whether you are using it at all


We do many things in life without thinking, because we used to and are taught so by parents, teachers and so on. We need to think and question dogmas.


  • Always do everything with self-esteem


After all, self-esteem is the tool that prevents us from using our minds in the wrong way.