This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ake, remembering that one’s life cannot be as valu- able to him as his own.)
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If the person to be saved is not a stranger, then the risk one should be willing to take is greater i
n proportion to the greatness of that person’s value to oneself. If it is the man or woman one loves, then one can be willing to give one’s own life to save him or her — for the selfish re
ason that life without the loved person could be unbearable.
Conversely, if a man is able to swim and to save his drowning wife, but becomes panicky, gives in to an unjustified, ir...