The artistic theme tonight is the morality of sacrifice—of which,I am not a fan.
The video linked above begins the theme. Its an excerpt from “John Galt’s Speech,” by Ayn Rand, given visual form as part of an ongoing project by YouTube user GaltSpeaking. (Embedding of the video is disallowed, so click here or on the pic above to watch it.) Appropriately, perhaps, it’s Episode 14. Consider it.
Under a morality of sacrifice, the standard of value is not your own happiness, but that of others. Not your own prosperity, but that of others. Not your own life, but those of others. (As W.H Auden sarcastically summarises, “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I can’t imagine.”)
The result of all this sacrifice amounts to a row of zeroes; or as the excerpt from Galt’s Speech linked above points out:
"Under a morality of sacrifice, the first value you sacrifice is morality…"
Think about it.
In the meantime, and as an antidote, let’s talk about happiness. “What else could be more important?”