This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... Objectivist Newsletter, July 1962.
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Since men are bom tabula rasa, both cognitively and morally, a rational man regards strangers as innocent until proved guilty, and grants
them that initial good will in the name of their human potential. After that, he judges them according to the moral character they have actualized. If he finds them guilty of major evils, his g
ood will is replaced by contempt and moral condemnation. (If one values human life, one cannot value its destroyers.) If he finds them to be virtuous, he grants them personal, individual value a...