Michael Island

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“Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it  — that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your life  — that the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness and your existence.”   — Ayn Rand —

Ayn Rand Quote About The Virtue Of Independence

September 8th, 2019 • QuotesAyn RandShare

“Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it — that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your life — that the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness and your existence.”

— Ayn Rand
“‘Value’ is that which one acts to gain and keep, ‘virtue’ is the action by which one gains and keeps it.”   — Ayn Rand —

Ayn Rand Quote About The Relationship Between Value And Virtue

September 2nd, 2019 • QuotesAyn RandShare

“‘Value’ is that which one acts to gain and keep, ‘virtue’ is the action by which one gains and keeps it.”

— Ayn Rand
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August 7th, 2019 • ShapesMichael IslandShare

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“The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life — by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past — and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.”   — Ayn Rand —

Ayn Rand Quote About The Purpose Of Education

August 7th, 2019 • QuotesAyn RandShare

“The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life — by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past — and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.”

— Ayn Rand
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”   — Stephen Hawking —

Stephen Hawking Quote About Free Will

August 4th, 2019 • QuotesStephen HawkingShare

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

— Stephen Hawking
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August 1st, 2019 • IconsMichael IslandShare

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The Virtue Of Honesty  Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud…  — that an attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and flee…  — that you do not care to live as a dependent, least of all a dependent on the stupidity of others, or as a fool whose source of values is the fools he succeeds in fooling…  — that honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others.   — Ayn Rand —

Ayn Rand Quote About The Virtue Of Honesty

August 1st, 2019 • QuotesAyn RandShare

“Honesty is the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud—that an attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and flee—that you do not care to live as a dependent, least of all a dependent on the stupidity of others, or as a fool whose source of values is the fools he succeeds in fooling—that honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others.”

— Ayn Rand
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”   — John Donne —

John Donne Quote About Individuality And Mortality

July 28th, 2019 • QuotesJohn DonneShare

My chosen name is Michael Island, so obviously I disagree with this view of individuality. We’re not all connected, neither physically nor psychologically, but we do all share certain attributes and face the same basic struggles. In this sense, Donne’s quote is dead on.

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

— John Donne
Is Perception Reality?  No. Reality isn’t subjective; it’s objective. It exists independent of consciousness. The function of the mind is to perceive reality, not to alter or create it.  If a huge truck is charging towards you, you can’t just turn your back on it. You better get the fuck out of the way.

Is Perception Reality?

July 24th, 2019 • AnswersMichael IslandShare

No. Reality isn’t subjective; it’s objective. It exists independent of consciousness. The function of the mind is to perceive reality, not to create it.

If a big truck is charging towards you, you can’t just turn your back on it. You better get the fuck out of the way.