As an avid reader and a
Professional Wikipedia writer
I’ve answers for all of these :
1. The idea of second-handedness suggests that individuals often rely on the opinions, thoughts, and beliefs of others, which can lead to the perception that everyone is selfish because they are prioritizing their own beliefs over those of others.
2. Yes, I have experienced deeply soul-fueling art. One example is the movie Parasite, which explores the power of class and how the wealthy and powerful can exploit those who are less fortunate. Another example is the book Beloved by Toni Morrison, which examines the psychological trauma of slavery and how it affected the lives of African Americans in post-Civil War society.
3. Rationally acceptable compromises in a work situation could include taking turns on tasks, setting expectations for work performance and delivery, and allowing different points of view to be expressed. Compromises which are not rationally acceptable would include sacrificing one’s own values for the sake of the group, disregarding the opinions and needs of other members of the team, and not valuing one’s own contribution.
4. Other important principles that Rand could have mentioned in “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?” are the importance of self-expression, the need to think independently, the power of personal responsibility, the importance of taking action to make change, and the importance of understanding and respecting others.
5. Yes, there is a situation when one should not judge someone: when the person does not have all the facts or does not have a full understanding of the situation. In this case, it is important to be patient, listen to the person’s perspective, and offer support and understanding rather than judgement.