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.”
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 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 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 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.
The mind allows us to understand and perceive the world around us. And only through reason can we make our lives better.
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.
After all, self-esteem is the tool that prevents us from using our minds in the wrong way.