5 Reasons Why Stoicism Is Better Than Objectivism

  1. Objectivism is a pretty selfish philosophy.  You spend all of your time thinking about your self interest.  Sure, it’s enlightened selfishness so it’s not like you’re pure evil.  But, at the end of the day, you only care about yourself.  Let’s face it, it gets kind of lonely thinking only about yourself and what you get out of any relationship.  Rather, why not practice Stoicism where you actually care about other human beings enough to actually sacrifice yourself for the team?  You’ll feel much better thinking of yourself as part of a greater whole and people will love you for your sacrifices.
  2. Objectivism cares entirely too much about externals like productivity. and even makes productiveness a virtue.  Sometimes in life it’s difficult to be productive.  You might have a physical disability or a mental illness that makes it hard to be productive.  Rather than cry yourself to sleep at night about not being productive, maybe you can try Stoicism.  In Stoicism you don’t need to meet external goals to be happy, you just need to meet internal goals of trying to be a good person.  In Objectivism if you can’t be productive you’re a sad human being.  In Stoicism if you’re not productive, it’s completely fine.
  3. Objectivism stresses its own virtue of independence.  But let’s face it, in life, you’ll be dependent quite often.  Sometimes you’ll have to ask your friend for money or get so poor you’ll need welfare.  Objectivism would tell you you’re a parasite for needing help.  But let’s not forget that Stoicism looked up to Diogenes who was a complete beggar.  Human beings are interdependent animals.  We’re not atomistic individuals who are completely self-sufficient and Stoicism says that’s perfect.
  4. Objectivism defines justice way too selfishly to make anyone happy.  An Objectivist would say justice is achieved when everyone pursues their own selfish interests and no one else interferes with their pursuits.  Unfortunately, if we allowed for this to be the case, the rich would just own everything and, the majority, the poor would be living on breadcrumbs and sick and dying.  Fortunately, Stoicism wants you to be your brother’s keeper and so demands that you sacrifice a lot of your own interests for the team.  In a Stoic society, the rich may not be as happy as they would be in an Objectivist society, but, hey, the poor will be a lot happier and not as dead.
  5. The most obvious reason why Stoicism beats Objectivism is that Objectivism only uses its own virtues as a mere means to happy selfishness.  Unfortunately, as we have seen Objectivism requires never being dependent or always being productive and that’s just implausible in many people’s lives.  Stoicism, on the other hand, just wants you to mean well.  In Stoicism, you may be paralyzed from the neck down, but as long as you have a benevolent heart, you’re a good person.  And for a Stoic virtue is its own reward.  So being benevolent in itself will lead one towards eudaimonia (true happiness).

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    The Objectivist Ayn Rand being her selfishly selfish self!
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