This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...y to conditions under which human survival is impossible.

The principle that one should help men in an emergency cannot be extended to regard all human suffering as an emergency an
d to turn the misfortune of some into a first mortgage on the lives of others.

Poverty, ignorance, illness and other problems of that kind are not metaphysical emergencies. By the
metaphysical nature of man and of existence, man has to maintain his life by his own effort; the values he needs — such as wealth or knowledge — are not given to him automatically, as a gift...
read full book block explorer