This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...tional morality is: “Oh, but people don’t have to go to extremes!” — meaning: “We don’t expect people to be fully moral. We expect them to smuggle some self-interest into their lives
. We recognize that people have to live, after all.”
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The defense, then, of this code of morality is that few people will be suicidal enough to attempt to practice it consistently
. Hypocrisy is to be man’s protector against his professed moral convictions. What does that do to his self-esteem?
And what of the victims who are insufficiently hypocritical? <...