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Friday, April 3, 2020

On Introspection: Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand admired Friedrich Nietzsche, but in terms of psychology they were poles apart: Nietzsche, an obsessively introspective thinker, was prone to ruthlessly dissecting every pretension that he had about his own virtues and talents; he would examine his own flaws and weaknesses, and then be distressed by his failure to equal the vision of the ideal man that he held in his mind—Rand, however, having convinced herself of being perfect in every possible way, was incapable of introspection; her sharp intellect was pointed outwards and the flaws and weaknesses that she noticed were always in others, never in herself; she viewed her own existence as a testament to the possibility of human perfection and would often feel distressed because the world in which she found herself fell far short of her idealistic expectations.

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