Topic - The Virtue Of Selfishness

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whether one marries an ideal woman or a slut.
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In spiritual issues, a trader is a man who does not seek to be loved for his weaknesses or flaws,
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only for his virtues, and who does not grant his love to the weaknesses or the flaws of others,
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only to their virtues.
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To love is to value.
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Only a rationally selfish man, a man of self-esteem, is capable of love
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—because he is the only man capable of holding firm, consistent, uncompromising, unbetrayed values.
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The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.
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It is only on the basis of rational selfishness—on the basis of justice—that men can be fit to live together in a free,
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peaceful, prosperous, benevolent, rational society.
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Can man derive any personal benefit from living in a human society?
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Yes—if it is a human society.
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The two great values to be gained from social existence are: knowledge and trade.
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Man is the only species that can transmit and expand his store of knowledge from generation to generation;
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the knowledge potentially available to man is greater than any one man could begin to acquire in his own life-span;
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every man gains an incalculable benefit from the knowledge discovered by others.
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The second great benefit is the division of labor:
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it enables a man to devote his effort to a particular field of work and to trade with others who specialize in other fields.
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This form of cooperation allows all men who take part in it to achieve a greater knowledge,
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skill and productive return on their effort than they could achieve if each had to produce everything he needs,
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on a desert island or on a self-sustaining farm.
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Can be good and bad. You have to take care of yourself and be confident. Don't be cocky.
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is this objectivism