Primacy of Existence

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The first (primary) axiom of Objectivism: that reality is what it is, regardless of perception or desire (wishing does not make it so). The mind grasps the universe, it does not create it.

In other words, Existence has primacy over consciousness. Contrast Primacy of Consciousness.

It is summed up by the expressions: "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed" or "Wishing won't make it so."