This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... unable to formulate my actual reason or to identify the profound moral issue involved. It is to them that I will give a more explicit answer.
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It is not a mere semantic issue nor a
matter of arbitrary choice. The meaning ascribed in popular usage to the word “selfishness” is not merely wrong: it represents a devastating intellectual “package-deal,” which is respon
sible, more than any other single factor, for the arrested moral development of mankind.
In popular usage, the word “selfishness” is a synonym of evil; the image it conjures is...