This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... subhuman, in achieving anything but the subhuman — as the ugly horror of the antirational periods of mankind’s history can demonstrate. Man has to be man by choice — and it is the task of
ethics to teach him how to live like man.
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The Objectivist ethics holds man’s life as the standard of value — and his own life as the ethical purpose of every individual man. <
The difference between “standard” and “purpose” in this context is as follows: a “standard” is an abstract principle that serves as a measurement or gauge to guide a man...