This was originally going to be an Objectivist philosophy thread but I decided it would be more interesting to open it to all philosophy . That means we can discuss Confucius, Socrates, Marx even . Philosophy is the field that helps explain the world around you, allows you to evaluate ideas, decide on values and, we hope, live intelligently . To start things off, here is a great speech made by a fictional character . The 5 minute intro will get everyone up to speed on who Ayn Rand was too .