This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... the benefit of one man achieved at the price of the sacrifice of the other?”
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There are four interrelated considerations which are involved in a rational man’s view of his inte
rests, but which are ignored or evaded in the above question and in all similar approaches to the issue. I shall designate these four as: (a) “Reality,” (b) “Context,” (c) “Responsibil
ity,” (d) “Effort.”
(a) Reality. The term “interests” is a wide abstraction that covers the entire field of ethics. It includes the issues of: man’s values, his desires...