Re: Objectivist theme movies / Trading Places

From: David Hayes
Newsgroups: humanities.philosophy.objectivism
Date: Thursday, April 09, 1998 11:10 AM

Mike Schneidér wrote in message … [J. Gregory Wharton recommended:]
>> >Trading Places (198?): Eddie Murphy, Dan A[y]kroyd [I wrote:]
>> I cannot agree. … The ending has
>> Aykroyd not reuniting with the well-bred, intelligent woman with whom he had
>> had a long relationship prior to misunderstandings about his position, with
>> Aykroyd instead being in the smiling company of a gutter-level prostitute…
> So she's a capitalist. What's the problem?

Her being in business does not make a positive of the destruction she does to her world-view, her health, her sense of whether human beings are decent or dishonorable, nor does it alleviate the physical danger she faces. Peter Keating was an entrepreneur in the sense that he sold architectural services, but that doesn't alter the fact that he followed a course that left him without a sense of self, without a sense of satisfaction with his work, and without the capacity to create work which could express a sense of uniqueness in him or could provide him with the experience of knowing he had done a job well.

> Sidebar: I recently took a trip to the Philippines, and upon return
>began frequently the soc.culture.filipino newsgroup, in which there is
>occasional wailing and gnashing of teeth over the plight of presumably
>destitute prostitutes over there (most posts written by Filipina men whom
>I presumed were lacking in the love life department, and hated seeing
>foreign tourists bed "their" girls). When I pointed out that a typical
>Manilla whore in the red-light district makes easily tens times as much
>money as a male motorcycle cab ("trike") driver, they all quickly shut up.
>(Being a trike driver there is like being a fast-food employee over here:
>It's a right of passage for many young men, in which they put in grueling
>hours for shitty pay.)

When comparing two jobs and determining that one job is worse than the other, this does not mean the less-worse job is necessarily excluded from the general category of "very bad."

David Hayes


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