The Objectivist ethics proudly advocates and upholds rational selfishness - which means: the values required for man's survival qua man - which means the values required for human survival - not the values produced by desires, the feelings, the whims or the needs of irrational brutes, who have never outgrown the primordial practice of human sacrifices." - Ayn Rand
(Ayn is colloquially pronounced as "Ann" except for the "affected")
I recently wrote something to a friend and wondered where the thought arrived into my brain - from a long ago storage faculty within:
"At this stage in my life I live in a delicate balance physically, mentally and financially that if interrupted or changes because of bad judgment...might not allow me the ability to recover...am I worried or scared...no...I'm cautious...I have observed people of my age make a substantial error and watch them deteriorate quickly..."overnight", if you will. I make most of my decisions based upon how the results of those decisions might enhance self preservation. Am I always playing it safe? I don't believe in playing it safe...more playing it smart...somewhat selfish...as compromise, is by definition, not playing it smart - compromise allows unintended influences to come into play - if that compromise is attributed to failure....you're fucked!"