Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Yours truly will be busy cooking and preparing for my turkey dinner complete with all of the trimmings. I have an article on environmentalism you all might find tasty that I will reserve to comment on later. In the meantime, I hope you all will take the time to chew on the ideas in this lecture by Ayn Rand Institute Executive Director Yaron Brook who answers the question: Why Be Selfish? The holidays are not only the most wonderful but are also the most selfish time of the year. As Ayn Rand pointed out about Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.
Thanksgiving is not only a time to give thanks for what you have but to enjoy the fruits of your labor and efforts throughout the year. So long as your work does not involve nihilistic destruction or mindless self indulgence (which is what the environmentalist movement is all about). In short, as long as your productive work has enhanced your life, this is your time to enjoy it.