If you could describe Ayn Rand and Objectivism, what would it be?
Satanism without the Satan stuff.
I was looking for an old book I posted awhile back and totally forgot about this comment.
You know it's funny because I was reading up on Anton LaVey the other day and he did incorporate elements of Objectivism into Satanism, so that's no mere coincidence.
But, where Objectivism turns a cold and hostile shoulder to altruism in all its forms, Satanism's attitude is, if being altruistic benefits you (whether in the long- or the short-term), or makes you feel good, then, by all means, get down with your, erm, good self.
The weird metaphor that comes to mind is that where Objectivism expects you to keep the action figure in its original casing to preserve its condition and value, Satanism recognizes that it's much more fun to take Optimus Primal out of his box, and have him battle Megatron and Strawberry Shortcake for control of the rubber duck.
Maybe orthodox Objectivists leave the world with fewer scratches and stains (though, I doubt it) but Satanists tend to have a lot more fun--and that's largely what matters (that, and having a sense of purpose), when you only get one go-around on the carousel.