Deranged lunatic Elliot Rodger is the epitome of a failed philosophic system which preaches entitlement at its core. This failed philosophic system is pervasive in every corner of our society. It is promoted on movie screens, television shows, news outlets and political speeches. The professors in colleges willfully promote it, all the way down to the elementary classroom. It is ingrained in our society and perverted as the de-facto ethical system, which would have been supported by Christ himself should he be around today. It is the basis for every welfare system, and entitlement program supported by the Federal Government and the base excuse for the destruction of The United States by virtue of unbridled spending and printing of endless fiat money. It is the disease, and every problem we as a society face, experience and deal with is but a symptom of this sick, twisted, and deplorable system of ethics. The system I’m speaking of is Altruism.
Ayn Rand answers what the moral code of altruism is when she states that “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.” When viewed in this most simplistic light, most of you would agree that Altruism is not what you would find to be the end all be all of how we should govern our lives. We tend to believe that we have a right to our own lives and to make our own choices. We even believe this as we go to the voting booth to demand that others behave as we dictate (an exercise in contradictions we can discuss later). What we fail to understand however is the various forms that altruism takes in our society and in our lives. The ways that it seeps into every crevice and pollutes our rational faculties by playing on and encouraging us to elevate our emotions on par with, or above our logical processes. This is extremely dangerous, both in the philosophic sense, but also in the physical sense (more on this later).
Altruism gets gift wrapped in various forms, but one that seems to be most prevalent today is the form of class envy. We are provided pictures, videos and media of every type that promotes fiscal promiscuity, instant gratification, over indulgence, and basic hedonism, while its portrayed as the norm, the goal, the finish line. We are inundated with excess and deprived of the notion of reality which states that 99.9% of us will never attain such lavish luxury, nor will we ever do anything which will worthy of generating such wealth. We are feed the delusion that the way to success is to learn to put ball through a hoop, or run a ball across a goal line, or that we need to learn to talk about bitches and hoes while stealing a drum beat from a real musician’s recordings. We are shown that all success takes is putting a video up on youtube, then winning a singing competition. And when reality hits us square in the face, then what? When we’ve senselessly wasted our youth practicing skills that only serve us on a playground at recess and find ourselves flipping burgers at McDonald’s, then what? In comes our old friend Altruism to rescue us from accepting the consequences of our behavior.
With the philosophy of Altruism, our personal failures become someone else’s problem to solve. It’s not our fault that we didn’t make the big leagues. It’s not our fault we didn’t win The Voice. It’s not our fault we didn’t get that big break on the movie set, the only difference between us and the “elite” is dumb luck or anything except that which is in our control. It’s not our fault we squandered our youth on activities that yielded no dividends, produced no wealth, and did squat to prepare us for our future, and because none of that was our fault, why should other people enjoy the spoils of hard work, success, or productivity? Why am I making minimum wage? I deserve more! I deserve what I haven’t earned. After all this is what Altruism teaches us. I deserve $15.00 per hour and you need to give it to me, you need to sacrifice that which you have earned because I was stupid, or lazy, or anything but productive in the endeavors which make one valuable to society!
Class envy is validated with Altruism, and moreover the moral code says that those who have should sacrifice to those who don’t lest they fall short of the label “moral”. “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.” (emphasis is mine) Rand has a point, and one that was echoed by the recent shooting lunatic Elliot Rodger who stated “I couldn’t help but feel a bitter form of envy at all of the rich kids at the concert. They grew up in lavish mansions, indulged in excessive opulence, and will never have to worry about anything in their pleasurable, hedonistic lives. I would take great pleasure in watching all of those rich families burn alive.” “Wealth is one of the most important defining factors of self-worth and superiority. I hated and envied all of those kids for being born into wealth, while I had to struggle to find a way to claim wealth for myself. I had to be ruthless, and do whatever it takes to attain such wealth. After all, it was my only hope of ever being worthy of getting a girlfriend and living the life of gratification that I desire.”
Did you notice how he loathes those who “were born into wealth” and how he equates wealth to self-worth? Where do you think he learned that? Where do you think he learned to hate those who were better off than he? With the likes of Al Sharpton and the rest of the Democrat party running around screaming it from the rooftops it isn’t hard to figure out. This kid went on a shooting rampage because he couldn’t accept his responsibility for making things happen for himself. “People should feel sorry for me. My life is so pathetic, and I hate the world for forcing me to suffer it. I feel sorry for myself.” More pathetic words may have never been written. Notice the sense of entitlement in his statement. Notice how he blames “the world” for making him suffer his life. Notice how he takes zero responsibility for his life, yet he feels sorry for himself. This sick, twisted mentality is the product of a contradictory philosophic system. It is the product of never accepting responsibility for one’s own life. It is the consequence of everything that is being promoted by our government, our teachers, our media. We want to blame guns, take them away from folks because it will make us safe. I have news for you. You cannot EVER be safe from a philosophic system that breaks the way you were designed to work. A philosophic system is a framework for living, successfully. See Introduction to Objectivism for a better understanding of the difference between a contradictory and non-contradictory philosophic systems.
When you are surrounded by a philosophic code that stipulates self-sacrifice, the inevitable consequence is that the have-nots begin to feel entitled to that which they haven’t earned. Particularly when they understand that to be moral, those who have should sacrifice as a matter of principle. Their twisted minds justify their hatred of those who have, because as long as they have less than the “rich” then the “rich” are immoral for not sacrificing enough. Are you starting to see how Altruism breeds mental illness?
What we are witnessing in society and the world today is the inevitable chaos of a flawed and contradictory philosophic code of ethics. If you understand the problem we face then it is up to you to become polished when presenting and defending rational ideas against such stupidity. We will be over run and consumed if we don’t take drastic measures now.
“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.”” -Ayn Rand