Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Darwin day from the Temple of the Human Spirit!

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Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

http://www.darwinday.org

The Road to Happiness

“To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason—Purpose—Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge—Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve—Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living.” Ayn Rand

Thanks and credit to ‘bluecherry’ for the title.

Rational Beatitudes

Blessed is the independent – he paves new paths to greater heights.

Blessed is the just – he is a disciple of the earth.

Blessed is the producer – he creates the world in his own image.

Blessed is he who rejoices – the earth exists for his sake.

Blessed is the certain – he has found the truth.

Blessed is the man of integrity – he has found peace.

Blessed is the proud – he has earned the glory of the earth.

Blessed is he who fights for good – the future is made by, and belongs to, him.

Blessed is the man of the mind – he is the mover of the world.

Pride

“Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned—that of any achievements open to you, the one that makes all others possible is the creation of your own character—that your character, your actions, your desires, your emotions are the products of the premises held by your mind—that as man must produce the physical values he needs to sustain his life, so he must acquire the values of character that make his life worth sustaining—that as man is a being of self-made wealth, so he is a being of self-made soul—that to live requires a sense of self-value, but man, who has no automatic values, has no automatic sense of self-esteem and must earn it by shaping his soul in the image of his moral ideal, in the image of Man, the rational being he is born able to create, but must create by choice—that the first precondition of self-esteem is that radiant selfishness of soul which desires the best in all things, in values of matter and spirit, a soul that seeks above all else to achieve its own moral perfection, valuing nothing higher than itself—and that the proof of an achieved self-esteem is your soul’s shudder of contempt and rebellion against the role of a sacrificial animal, against the vile impertinence of any creed that proposes to immolate the irreplaceable value which is your consciousness and the incomparable glory which is your existence to the blind evasions and the stagnant decay of others.” Ayn Rand

Photo: Summer Hamori

Henry Ford: Productive Genius

The Amazing Life of Henry Ford

“The highest type of human being-the self-made man-the American industrialist” – Ayn Rand