“A consciousness that doubts its own efficacy is in a monstrously intolerable state. Yet men abuse, subvert, and starve their consciousness in a manner they would not dream of applying to their hair, toenails, or stomachs. They know that these things have a specific identity and specific requirements, and if one wishes to preserve them, one must comb one’s hair, trim one’s toenails, and refrain from swallowing rat poison. But one’s mind needs nothing and can swallow anything— or so most people believe— and they go on believing it while they toss in agony on a psychologist’s couch screaming that their mind keeps them in a state of chronic terror for no reason whatever.”
This could have only been made better if he had spoke more about the principles of his claims but with a basic understanding of them already, it’s made great by the information, humor, and his personality.
“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
I’m just going to over look that this status was brought to my news feed via technology, and jump to the point: If you really think it’s just one big scam, why drive a car? Why use a fridge? Matches? Antibiotics? Do you really want to go back to the days when people died because there were no means of preventing small wounds from becoming infected?
Technology is not the primary issue being attacked, though. Technology, as an achievement, presupposes ambition and as an applied science, is a testament to man’s knowledge and therefore man’s reason. These people, claiming that technology “takes away from humanity,” forget that reason is the essential faculty which distinguishes humans from animals in the first place. If one recognizes the necessity and supremacy of reason, technology will only follow necessarily. If you disagree, give me an argument.
Go live back in the state of nature if you really want. Go ahead, do it. I’ll exude less effort obtaining a car in New York City than you will getting a meal in the jungle.