This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... it. By what standard was the action chosen? To achieve what goal?
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If a man proclaimed that he felt he would best benefit others by robbing and murdering them, men would not be wil
ling to grant that his actions were altruistic. By the same logic and for the same reasons, if a man pursues a course of blind self-destruction, his feeling that he has something to gain by it d
oes not establish his actions as selfish.
If, motivated solely by a sense of charity, compassion, duty or altruism, a person renounces a value, desire or goal in favor of the pleas...