My “Objectivist” Hero

This is not my typical kind of post.

As most of you may know, although I’m NOT an Objectivist, I am inspired by Objectivist philosophy.

One of my favorite elements of Objectivism is the “hero”.  Ayn Rand was fascinated by the concept of the ideal man.  He would be both rational and creative, a man of self-esteem, an individual who forged his own ideas into reality, a character who proudly imposed his vision onto the world.

Each of us needs a hero.

Since I was young, I always watched the following scene as someone looks on a hero.  On this day, as we learn we have lost Gene Wilder to complications from Alzheimers, I hope you might view this scene with a similar feeling of idealism and reverence.

Although Ayn Rand might not have related to this “hero” character as she did to Howard Roark and Dagny Taggart, I like to think of Willy Wonka as my Objectivist hero.

Science fiction has ancient roots in Africa. Writer Wanuri Kahiu says it also has a future there — Quartz

The Dogon people of Mali believe they are the descendants of an extra-terrestrial race from the Sirius B star system, and the Zulu in South Africa trace their name and origin story to somewhere just beyond the heavens.

The African continent is home to a tradition of creation myths that on closer inspection bear a striking resemblance to speculative science fiction—which is one reason Wanuri Kahiu, an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Kenya, rejects the idea that African audiences are somehow less drawn to the opportunity the genre provides to imagine all the progress of a limitless world.

“People ask if it’s difficult to blend science fiction and Africa,” she said this month at the Quartz Africa Innovators Summit in Nairobi, where 32 honorees selected by Quartz were celebrated for their contributions across business, technology, education, and culture. “As far as I know, science and Africa have never been separate.”

Source: Science fiction has ancient roots in Africa. Writer Wanuri Kahiu says it also has a future there — Quartz

Did You Know Marie Curie Got Her Start at a Secret Women’s University? — MAKERS

Scientist Marie Curie would have absolutely been a MAKER — her scientific research in the 19th century has forever changed the way we see the world. But the renowned mother of modern physics and radioactivity had an educational history that many don’t know about. The institution’s name was as fleeting as the idea behind it,…

via Did You Know Marie Curie Got Her Start at a Secret Women’s University? — MAKERS

Al menos 67.000 niñas y adolescentes guatemaltecas serán madres al finalizar 2016 — Noticias sobre Latinoamérica

At least 67,000 Guatemalans girls and teens will be mothers by the end of 2016.

Un estudio de la ONU advierte de que la mayoría de los casos son consecuencia de violaciones en su entorno familiar

via Al menos 67.000 niñas y adolescentes guatemaltecas serán madres al finalizar 2016 — Noticias sobre Latinoamérica

Send Marsha a Note of Support! | Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal client Marsha Wetzel, 68, lost her partner of 30 years, Judy, and was evicted from the home they shared.

She moved into an independent living facility in Niles, Ill., in 2014.

Since then, she’s endured repeated harassment, threats, physical attacks and verbal abuse from fellow residents because she’s lesbian.

She’s been called “fruit loop,” “fucking faggot” and “fucking dyke.”

She was told “Judy died to get away from you,” and “if you’d ever had it with a man, you’d never want a woman again.”

The staff has failed to address the hostile environment.

Tell Marsha that you support her — and all LGBT seniors. Write a brief note expressing your support!


Source: Send Marsha a Note of Support! | Lambda Legal

Protest Govt Pollution

(1)  Climate change is threatening to release radioactive waste buried in ice near a Cold War era military base.

Demand a cleanup strategy to avert a potential ecological catastrophe.

Sign the Petition: Clean Up Radioactive Waste Dump Threatened By Melting Ice | ForceChange


(2)  Over a year after EPA workers accidentally released toxic wastewater into the Animas River, many affected farmers have yet to be reimbursed.

We demand that they be compensated for their losses at once.

Sign the Petition: Pay Farmers for Damages Caused by EPA Mine Spill | ForceChange


(3)  The Tennessee Valley Authority wants to put millions of resident’s clean water at risk by refusing to properly clean up harmful coal ash that contaminates groundwater with toxic metals.

Demand that this disastrous plan be stopped and replaced with responsible methods of coal ash cleanup.

Sign the Petition: Stop the Unsafe Cover Up of Coal Ash | ForceChange


(4)  A 2008 dike failure at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant left a billion gallons of coal ash to clean up.

Now some of the workers involved in that cleanup are sick, and some have died.

Sign the Petition: petition: TVA, Compensate Sick Kingston Coal Ash Cleanup Workers!

Businessman Pledges to Pay Fines for All Women Affected By Burkini Ban — MAKERS

Though the controversial “burkini ban” is still in effect on the beaches of Cannes, Muslim women can count on the support of Rachid Nekkaz, a Paris-based businessman of Algerian descent and human rights activist who has pledged to pay all fines for women caught disobeying the ordinance. He says multiple women have already contacted him…

via Businessman Pledges to Pay Fines for All Women Affected By Burkini Ban — MAKERS

Carcinogen Glyphosate Found in 85% of Tampons, Cotton, Gauze — The Most Revolutionary Act

Originally posted on Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch: Some of you will know the PTB have backtracked on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate however there is still a ton of evidence by INDEPENDENT not in-house research to tell us it is a carcinogen. Use it at your own risk. The vast majority ‒ 85 percent ‒ of…

via Carcinogen Glyphosate Found in 85% of Tampons, Cotton, Gauze — The Most Revolutionary Act

What does the Clinton Foundation actually do? — Phil Ebersole’s Blog

Amy Sterling Casil wrote an excellent series of articles for Medium about what the Clinton Foundation, which takes in as much money as the March of Dimes, actually spends its money on. There is a lot to dig through, but, in summary, she found that the foundation’s business model is as follows: Take in as […]

via What does the Clinton Foundation actually do? — Phil Ebersole’s Blog

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