The Top 5 Misconceptions About Objectivists
Those mean, cultish, snobby, elitist followers of Ayn Rand.
April 4, 2013 - 3:00 pm
We may also get a bad rap for this because SOME people have brought their dogmatic mentalities to the application of philosophy, including a philosophy that says you MUST think for yourself and be independent-minded (Objectivism), which is kinda the opposite of blind following. If you ever hear an Objectivist say to you, “It’s true because Ayn Rand said it’s true,” you are dealing with one of these types. Back away while making loud noises, and if they still come at you, drop to the floor and play dead.
I will admit that there are some, but very, very few, Objectivists who think that to be an Objectivist you must be in love with architecture and hate the Parthenon, like red hair and hate Ludwig van Beethoven, have fits of ecstasy when in New York City, and buy your girlfriend a ruby necklace on a thin chain (it wouldn’t hurt, gentlemen). Not true. These things are optional. But there really is something wrong with you if you don’t like trains.
2. Objectivists Are Snobs.
People may assume Objectivists are snobs because of their extreme intellectualism (nerdiness). The Objectivist population seems to include a lot of nerdy folks, and even those of us who are cool are really nerds. We’re nools, or cerds. This means that many of us might be shy and lack ease and comfort in social situations, especially with new people, which can be mistaken for snobbishness.
However, it is also true that our certainty can come across as snobby. And again, just keep in mind, would you call Einstein a snob? Or Superman? Exactly.