How does Ayn Rand’s philosophy pertain to the caring and raising of children? One of her most famous quotes sums up her philosophy quite nicely:
“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
Now this makes sense for successful full-grown adults looking to ward off institutionalized looting and mooching. However, how does it apply to someone who chooses to raise a child? By definition, having a child requires you to live for the sake of another. How does that reconcile with her philosophy? At what age does a parents obligation to live for another end? What obligation does a parent have to prepare their child to not be a looter or moocher?
I suppose the actual answer is “it doesn’t”, given that she chose not to have any.