This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...hieve, to gain and to keep their values.
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Every code of ethics is based on and derived from a metaphysics, that is: from a theory about the fundamental nature of the universe in whi
ch man lives and acts. The altruist ethics is based on a “malevolent universe” metaphysics, on the theory that man, by his very nature, is helpless and doomed — that success, happiness, ac
hievement are impossible to him — that emergencies, disasters, catastrophes are the norm of his life and that his primary goal is to combat them.
As the simplest empirical refuta...