This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
...ditions of existence are no longer possible to him.
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The selfishness or unselfishness of an action is to be determined objectively: it is not determined by the feelings of the perso
n who acts. Just as feelings are not a tool of cognition, so they are not a criterion in ethics.
Obviously, in order to act, one has to be moved by some personal motive; one has to
“want,” in some sense, to perform the action. The issue of an action’s selfishness or unselfishness depends, not on whether or not one wants to perform it, but on why one wants to perform...