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RosaReborn wrote

Personally, I enjoyed this text very much. The poetic elements at times were beautiful, jarring, funny, and always entertaining. I found it was a bit repetitive towards the end but that's no big issue.

Really, I have not read too many egoist texts so it was an interesting introduction that had me questioning a lot of aspects of the libertarian leftist philosophy I hold. Am I totally willing to abandon democracy? I want to maximize individual liberty but I still hold on to some notion that there should be some communal enforced rules. Quotes like "The rest is vulnerable! And all that is vulnerable will be violated!" I know is a poetic waxing on material possessions vs. spiritual possessions, but I still fear people who feel overly righteous and feel they have free reign to do whatever they want, even if it hurts others needlessly.

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kore wrote

I still fear people who feel overly righteous and feel they have free reign to do whatever they want, even if it hurts others needlessly.

An idea I have been developing recently is that I think this is the greatest misunderstanding about egoism and nihilism. See my top-level comment for a bit more.

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RosaReborn wrote

Great, thank you. I want to delve deeper into and learn more. I'm just a bit ignorant so my reactions to the text reflect that. I'll check out the comment