The Undercurrent is proud to announce a project which has been in development for the past several months. A key component in our mission to ignite the Objectivist student movement is to present Objectivist ideas in a relatable manner to those students who are either unfamiliar with Ayn Rand’s philosophy, or who hold common misconceptions about Objectivism.
Our new video series, “Under the Surface,” features inspiring individuals who have put themselves first and achieved notable personal and professional successes as a consequence. This video series is the foundation of our fall campaign aimed at promoting the morality of rational self-interest, and it will continue to inspire our print and blog articles, as well as involvement in campus events. We will soon be launching a web site dedicated to spreading the central message of our campaign: “It’s Your Life. Own It.”
Today’s debut video is titled “Who Sets Your Standards?” In this first installment, we interview a range of individuals at various stages of their careers who have thought carefully about what it means to set their own standards. Questions discussed include: Should we measure our success by our own standards or by the standards of others? Are social prestige and popularity sources of real self-esteem? What does it mean to think for oneself?
I hope that you enjoy this series as much as I’ve enjoyed watching it grow from an idea into something truly inspiring. I’d like to extend special thanks to Magnanimous Media, whose team volunteered their time and expertise to produce this high-quality video. Stay tuned for more!
The Undercurrent is a magazine distributed at college campuses and communities across the country. We release a print edition once per semester, and in the interim, regularly post additional articles, blog entries, and campus media responses reports to our website.
The Undercurrent's cultural commentary is based on Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Objectivism, which animates Ayn Rand's fiction, is a systematic philosophy of life. It holds that the universe is orderly and comprehensible, that man survives by reason, that his life and happiness comprise his highest moral purpose, and that he flourishes only in a society that protects his individual rights.
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