Parent Organization: Student Affairs and Campus Life
NEOS is student organization, but is open to all who want to apply Objectivism to their lives and to those engaged in the rationally selfish pursuit of individual happiness. The actual organization is currently operating at the Amherst campus of the University
of Massachusetts, and is open to the Five College consortium in the area. Anyone eager to learn more about and spread Objectivism is invited to start their own branch of NEOS and to join us in our meetings
The NEW ENGLAND OBJECTIVIST SOCIETY is for:
Individuals who love life, constantly pursue happiness, and seek to advance Objectivism. NEOS will help members to affirm and work for what they believe in, and to establish a moral basis for change on political and economic issues.
Artists who project the best within and among us, and seek to embody the joy and glory of life through the visual and performing arts. NEOS will promote Romantic Realism as the highest school of art and work to get Ayn Rand’s plays back in production.
Businessmen who are the un-recognized benefactors of humanity; their productive minds and endeavors move the world forward. NEOS will educate people about the competitive advantage that Objectivism offers businessmen and other innovators.
Educators who want to help students develop their conceptual faculty, apply their self-made mental power, and realize their full potential. NEOS will work with educators to introduce their students to philosophy, and promote the works of Ayn Rand in schools, bookstores, and libraries.
Philosophers who understand that in order to be happy and successful, people need consistent, consciously realized values and goals. NEOS will provide opportunities for them to advance the practical philosophy of life and reason by regularly hosting speakers on college campuses.
WHAT IS OBJECTIVISM?
Objectivism is the brainchild of the Russian-American novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. Rand held that your life is your highest value, that the achievement of happiness is your highest moral purpose, and that reason is the only means to those ends. Objectivism is a moral and philosophical foundation for your ownership of and right to your life and the products of your mind. It is an all-encompassing philosophy which provides objective truths to the all aspects of life, including:
Politics: Capitalism as the only social system morally proper to man, under which government’s only purpose is to protect the individual rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness
Economics: Laissez-Faire Capitalism, under which everyone earns and trades their own wealth by mutual consent to mutual benefit.
Ethics: A rationally chosen code of values with your own life as its standard, and your own happiness as its ultimate aim
Psychology: The rational programming of one’s own mind in order to achieve psychological unity
Art: Romantic Realism as the school of art which projects the image of man as he can be and should be
AMERICA: “The United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.” ~ Ayn Rand in Philosophy: Who Needs It
“Your Life Belongs to You and the Good is to Live it” ~ Ayn Rand
“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence” ~ Aristotle
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come” ~ Victor Hugo