Friday, March 27, 2009

Actual 2&1/2 Year Old.



Far be it from us to introduce some reality into Rand's self-deluded musings, but...

(hat tip Neil Parille)

11 comments:

Neil Parille said...

It's not a temper tantrum; the little girl is just a "passionate valuer."

Michael Prescott said...

I think I heard her scream, "A is A!"

Neil Parille said...

And it's not "mommyyyy," it's "identity."

Anonymous said...

yup: scream for the camera, dear. you can look yourself up in the Wayback Machine. modern parenting skills.

Harq al-Ada said...

Rand believed that children are born reasonable and that parenting and society make them less so. I don't think she observed many children.

Connie said...
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Damien said...

Harq al-Ada,

You wrote,
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Rand believed that children are born reasonable and that parenting and society make them less so. I don't think she observed many children.
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I never heard that about Rand, but if she actually thought that way she was wrong, and you're probably right. Someone who thinks like that probably hasn't been around a lot of children, especially young children.

Anonymous said...

Here is some more reality.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxPmzIKBris

Damien said...

Anonymous,

I wouldn't say that child prodigies don't exist, but their rare and its unlikely someone would come up with a philosophy, an entire world view when they were only two years old.

Harq al-Ada said...

Actually looking back at the quote it was more that children expect to deal with a rational universe. From Atlas Shrugged, p. 978

"In that morning you'll be able to rise in the morning with the spirit you knew in your childhood: that spirit of eagerness, adventure and certainty that comes from dealing with a rational universe. No child is afraid of nature;"

A slightly less silly claim than I had thought, but not much. Children believe in a more rational world than do adults? The monsters in my closet at age 8 beg do differ. I remember as a child the oppressiveness of so much of the world being beyond my understanding being a near constant feeling.

R. Okata said...

I think if an ill tempered toddler in the terrible twos could philosophize, the result would be pretty much what Rand came up with in middle age.