A Culture’s Sense of Life—and Lessons for Cultural Change (MP3 download)
By Tara Smith
Drawing on Ayn Rand’s unique concept of a sense of life, this lecture examines the character and the significance of a culture’s sense of life. How does this differ from a culture’s philosophy, and what are its major manifestations? What are the trends in the United States’ sense of life? Given that man needs spiritual values as well as material, knowing our cultural environment is important to knowing how to navigate it.
In outline, the lecture addresses: what a cultural sense of life is; why it matters; the dominant sense of life in the contemporary United States; the implications for action, both in campaigning for a better world and in enhancing one’s personal experience.
This lecture was recorded at the 2012 Objectivist Summer Conference in San Diego, CA.