This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...to judge or to accept any specific system of ethics, is: Why does man need a code of values?
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Let me stress this. The first question is not: What particular code of values should ma
n accept? The first question is: Does man need values at all — and why?
Is the concept of value, of “good or evil” an arbitrary human invention, unrelated to, underived from
and unsupported by any facts of reality — or is it based on a metaphysical fact, on an unalterable condition of man’s existence? (I use the word “metaphysical” to mean: that which pertai...