Paul's Passing Thoughts

“Altruism” a Definition from the Ayn Rand Lexicon

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 27, 2014

What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.

Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good.

Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: “No.” Altruism says: “Yes.”

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  1. trust4himonly said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Good advice Paul- .

    Yes Pearl this is so true- many do not want to know or are afraid to buck the system. The desire to keep with the status quo is greater than finding out the truth; there is “safety” in this. I see it in people who are generally quite logic and wise. Many men of God have very godly things to say, but are still in the system. They do not realize that their wisdom is constructed with a sturdy frame and material ( God’s Word and basic beliefs of Jesus Christ dying for sins, etc.) but the foundation is on sinking sand. This is what TWW does not get. Don’t get me wrong they are wonderful Christian women who love the Lord, but they do not understand the abuse is not separate from the foundation its built upon. Abuse and doctrines of men go hand in hand.


  2. lydia said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    My father died of ALS so I am hoping no one does the ice bucket challenge. Horrible disease. You Do not lose brain function but body is paralyzed.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on August 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Same here Lydia. I led him to the Lord on his deathbed 2 days before his departure. The last strength he had was used to acknowledge the gospel with hand gestures.


  3. trust4himonly said, on August 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I think most don’t want to admit that they have been wrong about what they have put their trust and faith in for years. I have to admit it was hard for me. I mean this is 40 + years of being taught this one way and turning your back on it. Very scary for a lot of people, so I can understand and empathize to a degree.


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on August 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      No leader can lead others to where they have not been–it has to start someplace and with someone.


  4. paulspassingthoughts said, on August 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    But think about it, whole cultures being led astray for hundreds of years is not uncommon at all. Why would we think Western culture is any different? We now understand the gravity of Christ warning of “the traditions of men.”


  5. trust4himonly said, on August 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Yes I am sorry that your father died from ALS – it is a terrible disease and one I can’t imagine myself or a loved one going through.

    To tell you the truth I had no idea what the bucket challenge really entailed just that my son did it based on his cousin challenging him. I did not know it was a donate or drench- really silly challenge.


  6. lydia said, on August 27, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    When my dad was sick I was a kid so it was back in the 70’s. But it was basically go home and die slowly. There was no treatment and it was rare enough that not much research was going into it.

    Pearl, I hear you. I have a hard time talking to folks. Where to start? They have to be asking questions or it can’t be.


  7. lydia said, on August 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Argh! Hit send too soon. Basically in my neck of the woods people have no clue it is the doctrine. First they have to even care about what they are taught.


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