This is a quote from the book "The Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
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Faith is a malignancy that no system can tolerate with impunity; and the man who succumbs to it, will call on it in precisely those issues where he needs his reason m
ost. When one turns from reason to faith, when one rejects the absolutism of reality, one undercuts the absolutism of one’s consciousness — and one’s mind becomes an organ one can not trus
t any longer. It becomes what the mystics claim it to be: a tool of distortion.
(2) Man’s need of self-esteem entails the need for a sense of control over reality — but no cont...