Ayn Rand's Anthem Essay

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Ayn Rand’s Anthem I do not agree or disagree with Rand’s doctrine of ethical egoism. I believe that we should live in a society that is a combination of both, ethical egoism and ethical altruism. In my opinion Rand’s doctrine of ethical egoism seems to be self-centered, but on the other hand the doctrine of ethical altruism is not all that appealing in my eyes. If I have to work, I would rather work to benefit myself, and to fit my interests. At the same to time I think it right to help the less fortunate and to recognize every person as they are, a human being. While I believe that every human being should have the pursuit of happiness and fulfill their self-interests, one should also show concern for our fellow man. Ethical egoism is the normative ethical position that moral agents should do what is in their own self-interest. Ayn Rand believes that this doctrine is one that every man should follow for fear of becoming a society that lives for others and only others, like the dystopian society in her novel Anthem. While ethical egoism sounds appealing to me, I do not believe that is my only duty. One should fulfill their self-interests while helping our fellow man when they happen to fall. Ethical altruism is an ethical doctrine that says each and every individual has a moral obligation to give help, service, or benefit others before your own self interests. In Anthem Ayn Rand’s idea of a nightmarish world is one of altruism in its extreme form. Every being in her society had to think about every other man before making their decision. Although helping and aiding others is right in my eyes, one cannot completely sacrifice their self-interests before every other human beings self-interest. I do not agree or disagree with Rand’s ideal of ethical egoism. In other words I do not want to live in a society where everyone only fulfills their own

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