This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...troyer — and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
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What, then, are the right goals for man to pursue? What are the values his survival requires? That is the q
uestion to be answered by the science of ethics. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why man needs a code of ethics.
Now you can assess the meaning of the doctrines which tell you t
hat ethics is the province of the irrational, that reason cannot guide man’s life, that his goals and values should be chosen by vote or by whim — that ethics has nothing to do with reality,...