Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan supports Ayn Rand's Morality. Ayn Rand's Morality is not Mormonism's Morality

This Morning, Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan to be his Vice President Nominee.

When the news broke while I was watching the Olympics, I was excited.  I may have cheered just a little.

You see, there has always been a certain "Greed is Good" mentality to the Romney campaign -- the more money you make, the better person you are.  

And then, just to confirm this, he nominates Paul Ryan to be VP.

Paul Ryan once said "“Rand more than anyone else did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism… It’s that kind of thinking, that kind of writing that is sorely needed right now.”"  Don't believe me?  Well, he said it in a video he posted on his Facebook account.

And, well, there's this video, which takes Ryan's comments and intersperses them with Ayn Rand's:

And, another awesome quote from Ayn Rand:  “Each man must live as an end in himself and follow his own rational self-interest.”

For more info on how Christians must distance themselves from Ayn Rand, follow this link.

So, how does this doctrine of individuality mesh with the doctrine of Mormonism?  Well, not very well.

"We live in perilous times when many believe we are not accountable to God and that we do not have personal responsibility or stewardship for ourselves or others. Many in the world are focused on self-gratification, put themselves first, an
d love pleasure more than they love righteousness. They do not believe they are their brother’s keeper. In the Church, however, we believe that these stewardships are a sacred trust." -Elder Quentin L Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, October 2009
 I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives. -President Thomas S Monson, October 2009
Man’s greatest happiness comes from losing himself for the good of others. -President David O McKay, October 1963
Satan’s position is the opposite. He sponsors self-interest, raw and unrefined by any other consideration. One of his most effective tools is the temptation to take unfair advantage in order to get gain. It has been so from the beginning. -Elder Dallin H Oaks, October 1986


TinCanMan said...

Scary stuff when hypocrites are revealed, hiding behind their religious beliefs to rake in a vote or two. "Know them not by what they say but by what they do." For my money, neither Romney or Ryan are to be trusted to run government. Their actions have proven they put the almighty dollar and massive profits ahead of the needs of those less fortunate and both have worked against the common good despite their stated religious affiliations. Thank you for allowing me to post.

Anonymous said...

As a Mormon, and as an Ayn Rand fan, I think you may misunderstand the Mormon Gospel (as do many Mormons themselves). Mormons believe that we existed before the world was and that there were 2 plans presented. One that made us all free, but also provided a Savior to satisfy the law or commandments (that plan is in place now). And another was presented by Satan, where we would be forced to do what is right and ALL return to heaven, he presented it for his own glory. There was a great war in heaven over these two plans and Satan lost as well as 1/3 of our brothers and sisters in heaven. They were cast out and did not get to experience this plan.
Point is, there are some parallels there, Mormons do not believe in force, they abhor any force. They believe we should be free to make our own decisions and that is the primary reason why most Mormons are republican... Ellsworth Toohey in Ayn Rand's novel was "altruistic", but in the pre-earth satan sense. He wanted what was best for everyone, but for his own glory, even if it involved force.
I think the Mormonism and Ayn Rand blend well if you can see these parallels. Sure Mormons expound on being our brothers keeper, but we would never knowingly approve of force to do so. I think Ayn Rand is ok with giving to charities as long as force is not involved and it is purely from your OWN desire to do so. That is moral...