This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...o ask it, my answer is: “For the reason that makes you afraid of it.”
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But there are others, who would not ask that question, sensing the moral cowardice it implies, yet who are
unable to formulate my actual reason or to identify the profound moral issue involved. It is to them that I will give a more explicit answer.
It is not a mere semantic issue nor a
matter of arbitrary choice. The meaning ascribed in popular usage to the word “selfishness” is not merely wrong: it represents a devastating intellectual “package-deal,” which is respon...