Philosophy is not a thing I cover on this blog much, but I think it would be interesting to share my philosophical beliefs on the world, and the world around me. I define myself as an objectivist, and I would like to briefly talk about what that is and how it effects my worldview.
Broadly put, Objectivism as defined by Ayn Rand is the doctrine that knowledge is based on objective reality. In simpler terms, I view things as black and white, in cold hard fact. If there is evidence and widely accepted knowledge that something is good and worthwhile, or something is bad for the world, then I believe that it is what it is. Things like the advancement of humanity through technology, or giving food to poor, and starving children and families is good and worthwhile for me, as it is for wider society.
The whole point of the philosophy is to not let your views or opinions fall by the wayside for anything. If something is bad, it remains bad. It does not matter whether you do it for a noble cause, or to express something for the greater good, it remains to be a bad thing. And because I have those views, sometimes it can get you into trouble, if you fight for your beliefs. But I choose to believe that my moral objectivity is my strongest weapon against what are empirically the worst things of humanity. I don’t think anyone should water down their values to benefit bad things that may or may not be for the greater good. If it has bad effects, then it remains to be bad.
Some might point out the criticisms of having such a view on life. Life is not black and white. Life is a case of various shades of grey, which serves as an Achilles heel of sorts for my values. But that does not mean the values are flawed. If I cannot prove something, or there is no clear proof of something, I choose to remain on the fence until the final, definitive conclusion is found. I used to call and consider myself an atheist. But these days I believe myself to be agnostic atheist. I don’t think there is a god, but I don’t have proof of it either. Which is why I find holes in religious belief. Why would you follow a book when you do not know the truth? Why would I choose not to believe when I do not know the truth. I choose to remain on the fence. Whatever I think may be right or wrong, I don’t know.
Life presents us with many moral dilemma, and I do think that the best way to solve the conundrum of life is to view it empirically. I don’t care if it loses friends if I find the right decision to be the least popular one. It means I shed myself of the people and things who will lead me down a bad path. I think viewing the world empirically will make the world a better place, beyond the distortions of people, governments, and the media. I’d encourage you to look into how you view the world, and to analyse it. Are your views on how we should run and deal with humanity necessarily right? What we say, what we do, should we say and do bad things for good reasons? No, we should not.