This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...hem, what values his life depends on, what course of action it requires. His own consciousness has to discover the answers to all these questions — but his consciousness will not function auto
matically. Man, the highest living species on this earth — the being whose consciousness has a limitless capacity for gaining knowledge — man is the only living entity bom without any guaran
tee of remaining conscious at all. Man’s particular distinction from all other living species is the fact that his consciousness is volitional.
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