A friend of mine showed me a 7 minute interview on YouTube of the author and satirist Ben Elton. As an Objectivist I would have to totally agree with everything he says (apart from an incorrect use of the word “sacrifice”), and Elton manages to cram in such an intelligent and insightful critique of today’s fame-obsessed irrational faith-ridden feelings-motivated culture, into such a short time.
Although Elton is not an Objectivist, he basically identifies the dichotomy between reason and emotionalism. Ultimately, there can be only one guide in our lives: either we use our faculty of reason (rationality) to integrate facts that we apprehend from reality using our percepts (sense experience), using a method of non-contradictory identity (logic), OR we let our feelings guide us. Our feelings are the END result of a thought or action – they can be trained by our rational conscious mind, but our feelings are not a prescription of reality, because no act of will or emotion can ever change reality. That is why Ayn Rand successful identified existence as always having primacy over consciousness, because our minds must conform to reality, not the other way around. Those who live with emotionalism (of which faith is a variety) as their guide disregard this most fundamental metaphysical axiom and basically ask that reality change to meet their will.
Here is the video. It’s only short so it’s worth a few minutes to have a watch: