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  1. Moral Flaws in Rand's Fictional Heroes

    I have to say that any flaws are there to demonstrate overcoming them. A character must start out flawed for a book to move. What exactly would Atlas Shrugged be except for a chronicle of the going ons in Atlantis if Dagny hadn't had that flaw to overcome? However, I believe that the flaws are fixed and the character triumphed in all the more heroism by the end of the book, except possibly Eddie. Poor Eddie... His choice though.
  2. oil company execs to justify their profits

    Or a business in a free market. About what Aurelia said regarding relief for school heating and maintenance, here's something off the subject. College admittance(forgive me if that is the wrong word) prices are rising just as fast as government scholarships are. Won't the same happen to gas? I guess if the government intervenes enough it will "solve" the problem.
  3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    It would have been funnier if only two people had heard of it. WOOD!
  4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Has anyone heard Spamalot yet?
  5. Favorite Music?

    Hey, has anyone listened to Spamalot? Now that, is divine. This is the post that goes like this. But really, wasn't it awesome? Music was actually decent now and then, but a good sense of Monty Pythonish humor will aid you immensely.
  6. The Lord of the Rings

    I always found the names in the Hobbit to be much, much harder to follow. The 12 dwarves, whoa... And all of them brothers or cousins some way... The lineages seem to be much like the lineages in the bible, they're there, they're long, they're boring, but can be very vital to understanding the going ons. I really need to read it again, which I may do this moment, and find the deeper meanings. I just read it for the fantasy and plot, and to find the justice and morality and ethics that piz talked about. Made the same mistake with the Odyssey...
  7. The Quest for Cosmic Justice

    I apologize, I mistated that. I meant that was his definition of what Cosmic Justice was, the latter was his attitude towards pursuing it. Cosmic Justice was fighting things that are caused by the "cosmos" or things that appear to be caused by it, or something that seems to be out of that victims control, such as alcoholism(the man's choice, but many would claim that he is a victim and can't fix it himself). However, he states that this should NOT be pursued, because in pursuing it you cause all sorts of other injustices. If it were possible with no harm, sure, but that position is held only by a creator-which there may or may not be. Does that clarify? And no, it was not a direct quote, it's my own paraphrasing, I apologize if the quotation marks were misleading. He most avidly did NOT advocate the pursuit of Cosmic Justice. He didn't ever straight out say that it was wrong, but he said humans cannot pursue it without causing greater injustices.
  8. The Quest for Cosmic Justice

    This book has proven quite interesting. I have only finished his first essay, "The Quest for Cosmic Justice". I found him a little hard to follow, and some of his sentences just go round and round and don't add up to anything, but the premise is decent. It boils down to that "Cosmic Justice is the 'justice' of randomness, or a cosmos. And that any fault with it, such as someone being born with a defect or not being able to combat alchohol abuse, etc. should be 'fought or fixed'. That is his basic definition of Cosmic Justice, and the point boils down to 'Men cannot combat it, and any pursuit of it will cause unjustness on some'. Leave cosmic justice to those who control the cosmos". I found it was reallywell said, and I'm halfway through the second essay "The Mirage of Equality", but I'm finding it to be a restatement of the previous essay.
  9. Collection of essays written by Thomas Sowell.
  10. Zadig

    I have to say that many moral findings were stumbled upon in this book. Some of them discovered the wrong way, and some were incorrect, but findings nontheless. My first concern is the role that fate played in the whole book, which I found rather discouraging. It also gave our main character Zadig something to blame events on. There was also the premise of helping others, but at least it took some step in saying that you can only do so in the pursuit of your own happiness. Skip to the last paragraph if you are interested in the story isntead of the philosophy. What I truly loved about the book was the quest for happiness, and the concept that happiness is the proper state of man. According to the version I was reading (Candide and Other Writings), one of the notes said that Voltaire had a note on an event: Under a just God, nobody is unhappy unless it is deserved. This is surprisingly correct, except that you have to take out the word God and replace it with reality, and you can drop just because "Just reality" is a redundancy. Justice and Happiness were the key roles of the book. There was one concept truly stumbled upon, and incorrect to a degree. The book had an underlying premise, which Voltaire had found in his own life- You cannot find your own happiness when others are irrational. That is true IF you have to deal with them. As to the book itself, I wasn't to fond of the writing style and chain of events. It was much to abrupt. It also seemed startalingly empty, and more so in contrast to the wonderful introduction that the author that collected the works had alluded to. It would serve as a swell story if it were rewritten to show more depth and to draw out the actions. As to the actions themselves however, they were rather good, and, inventive.
  11. oil company execs to justify their profits

    Here's a similar projetction, and it may not have any effect, but couldn't they just charge exactly what they asked so they(the gov) couldn't get any windfall and so everyone can get all the cheap gas until there is none left? I guess if you want to remain at a profit and keep a business going you can't teach such lessons to people. They have to learn themselves. However, if one were willing to lose a company so they can pursue their ideals, they certainly should. What date is this committee, and will they publicize the statements?
  12. Zadiq

    I nominate Zadiq to be voted upon.
  13. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

    I found that it was humorous now and then, but as jenbryn said, the fighting got to be excessive. It seemed almost predictable too.
  14. oil company execs to justify their profits

    Genius. But the case is idiotic. Why doesn't the Real Estate market have to justify their profits? Isn't there a huge bubble of gouging there also, except everybody wants to make this bubble bigger instead of stronger? I realize that nobody wants to jeopardize a bussiness, but I think it would be interesting if they charged a buck or a buck fifty for gas again and see how many problems are solved... Despite the "enormous profits", enormous profits do a lot to prevent shortages. I have to say I liked what Capitalsim Forever said more though... "What is your justification for this hearing?"
  15. Yesyes, I agree. However, it is the only instance in which one could make that assumption. Apparently I need to read her books again... Or he should stop the yellow journalism...