"The Ethics of Emergencies

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Armand L. Mayville Jr.

1. Is Rand correct in saying that if you accept altruism, then you end up with a lack of self-esteem and a lack of respect for others?
I would have to disagree with Rand’s saying “that if you accept altruism, then you end up with a lack of self-esteem and a lack of respect for others. The dictionary definitions for altruism is “the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others (opposed to egoism )” or “the philosophical doctrine that right action is that which produces the greatest benefit to others.” You would have to have self-esteem to think you were worthy to perform an act of selflessness. Say you came upon an accident on the highway. If you had low or no self-esteem, you would think that you would have no chance in being able to help that person. Most likely you would keep on driving. As for the lack of respect for others, that to me would be way off base. If you had no respect for others then you would never even consider helping out a stranger or anyone for that matter. Helping someone else would be below you and a waste of your time. Helping a stranger and looking for nothing in return is a prime example of respect for others.

2. Is Rand criticizing ideal or reciprocal altruism? Do you think that she would differentiate between the two? Would you?
I would have to say that Rand is criticizing reciprocal altruism. Ideal altruism is an expression of concern for the welfare of others without any obvious benefit. Rand talks about how you would have to evaluate the value of the time, money, or effort compared to the persons value that you intend to help which would suggest reciprocal altruism: reducing one’s own value to increase another’s value in hopes that the others person would do the same at a later date. No I do think Rand would differentiate between the two. She…...

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