Its not selfish to "fulfill your contracts" and want to do nothing more. what is selfish is impose costs on others without their consent
and that is what the left does
Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.
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"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Sacrificing for others definition of good. I agree with Rand on one thing, that a person is an end unto himself. Every person. It is this maxim from which all morality flows.
Morality is derived from reason, but not in the asinine selfishness Rand proposes. If one exists for one's own sake, one is merely an animal. It is rational only if one is wholly solipsistic, for it ignores the fact that other people have value; that everyone is an end, not a means. If one treats only oneself as the end, and all others as a means, one is defying reason, and living like an irrational animal.
If one exists for others, and holds others up as higher than himself, one is living the only truly rational way. For this recognizes the value of others, and deference is given to the status of all other moral agents as an end unto themselves. This is the golden rule. It is the only truly rational way to live, because it respects to logic of that fundamental maxim of morality: every man is an end unto himself.
This is the fallacy of Rand, raising up the irrational as rational, labeling selfishness as virtue, branding the inhuman as human. It's no wonder it appeals to so many sick and damaged minds.
I prefer those influences to be as minimal as possible. In other words, I will work with society, but only insofar as it conforms to my own self-interest. What I find most abhorrent...and Rand agrees with me here...is a government that will manipulate society and attempt to force me to live against my own self-interest. I find that to be akin to dictatorship.
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