This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... by his own effort. He cannot do it if his goals are at the mercy of and must be sacrificed to any misfortune happening to others. He cannot live his life by the guidance of rules applicable onl
y to conditions under which human survival is impossible.
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The principle that one should help men in an emergency cannot be extended to regard all human suffering as an emergency an
d to turn the misfortune of some into a first mortgage on the lives of others.
Poverty, ignorance, illness and other problems of that kind are not metaphysical emergencies. By the ...