The other day I published a bit of a request, but got no takers, either in comments or via email. I also said that my reasons for this would reveal themselves in the fullness of time. Here’s a small piece of that "revelation."
Check this out, and those of you who know who you are will find it interesting, I think. The author’s biography (Yasuhiko Kimura) is certainly not the sort of thing you’d expect to see where someone is writing of Western philosophy. What’s most striking is that I cannot find a single thing where he misrepresents Rand in even the tiniest slightest way, yet he thinks her philosophy is incomplete — a view I have had some sympathy for for a long, long time. It is an entirely different thing to say that she was wrong, than that she was incomplete.
Besides, it’s silly to think that anything of such a profound nature represents all possible knowledge (complete).
I have read over this a couple if times, and will do more, but I find it intriguing. Yes, of course; I immediately bristle at talk of the "oneness of Being," and so forth. Then, when I get my own ego under control, I wonder what we rationalists mean when we toss around terms like "conscience." Why would we think that someone should "listen to their conscience," if we do not think there are some universals that they must have integrated somehow, and, at least in some sense, are supposed to be the same for everyone — transcending to large degree knowledge, culture, economics and a whole host of things.
Thinking specifically of a device that Billy employs quite a lot, when the drones of Nazi Germany herded their fellow man into cattle cars, "ignoring the voice of their own conscience," what makes us think they had one, or if they did, that it in any way resembled our own? I’m not thinking or talking about anything material, or any sort of anthropomorphic spirit (the Western assertion of God). At this point, I’m just talking about what I think is something.
For those interested in looking more deeply into this, as I am, here is an index to other articles by Mr. Kimura.