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Productivity – the commitment to achieve the material values required to sustain & enhance one’s life Productivity requires one other virtue: rationality; rationality by itself does not preserve your life; you have to do something about it Values have to be earned, they have to be achieved; they’re not just there for the pickets. As we grow older, the range for which we can achieve our values should increase. In the 3rd grade, Siegmann’s range was limited to the weekend (“what do I need to get done to enjoy this weekend?”). If the world were different, different virtues might be required. For instance, let’s say that the only things u needed to know were how to complain & how to snap ur fingers. With that u can get whatever u wanted. Now, with those values, parents would NOT be teaching their children the importance of working hard, being patient, being punctual, etc. Instead, they would teach them what?
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Unformatted text preview: How to complain & snap their fingers. The children who never learn how to do this are the ones that are worst off. – However, Rand’s point is this: the human’s main means of survival are thinking and producing. – Thinking & not producing would be like a tiger in the jungle that tore out his teeth and filed down his claws. His means of survival would be gone. – Let’s say ur stuck on a deserted island. U had to choose b/w staying on the island with Thomas Edison or Mother Theresa. For Rand, u would choose Edison; Mother Theresa might be a very sweet person who might sacrifice everything for u but if she doesn’t know what to do, u’ve got two starving people. For Rand, Thomas Edison is not merely a business hero or invention hero, but a moral hero....
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