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bent_knees_not_visible better_azerbaijani_translation_needed bible_is_the_best_subweapon bibuti_is_the_best_subweapon binary_data bite_me_minusx blue bronibooru_account_void_if_tags_are_removed buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo_buffalo burning_desire butterfly_brooch butterfly_thing_in_her_hair butterfly_thing_on_the_dress c'est_une_pipe calculus canines canonical_character canterlot carbon_dioxide character_experiencing_emotional_hardship character_experiencing_one_or_more_emotions character_not_completely_in_frame chin citation_needed clearly_not_joie_de_vivre cloth clothing cognition cognitivist collarbone collarbone_artifacts collection_of_atoms_that_comprise_a_system_of_parts_commonly_referred_to_as_a_human_body comic compression_artifacts consciousness constricted_pupils contra crazy_eyes crazy_twilight_sparkle_not_visible crosshatching current_translations_are_bunk currently_495_tags currently_not_160_tags darker_shade_of_green death_to_america delicious_salty_tears_of_schadenfreude depiction_of_an_event depicts_character_who_is_afraid_of_dragons dialogue did_she_take_a_bite_out_of_that_butterfly did_you_know_that_the_users_on_pixiv_use_the_tag_list_as_a_comments_section?_it_is_quite_interesting_really._it_is_like_having_an_entire_website_dedicated_to_post_9809. differentialist digital_art digital_coloring do_not_pursue dongstrongly_does_not_stink dongstrongly_stinks doorway_out_of_frame drawn_by_someone_on_the_internet dress dubstep_is_love e_twice ear ecologicalist elbows_behind_torso emotion energy english entropy epidermis_visible equestria etc exists eyebrows eyebrows_visible_under_hair eyelashes eyelashes_visible_under_hair eyes_look_your_last face faint_pink_halo_around_irides faint_sketch_lines_visible fan_art feather_you feathered_up_tongue female fenster_and_hitler_play_bridge_together fenster_ate_the_last_cookie fenster_can_put_a_light_bulb_in_his_mouth_and_it_will_glow_slightly fenster_doesn't_understand_the_internet fenster_flipped_the_bird_at_mother_teresa fenster_had_no_childhood fenster_hates_fun fenster_hunts_puppies_and_kittens_for_sport fenster_is_a_cock fenster_is_being_beat_on_in_a_toilet_cubicle_by_three_preteen_exchange_students_from_china fenster_is_lord_english_irl fenster_is_the_monster_under_your_bed fenster_is_the_reason_your_bellybutton_smells_bad fenster_might_be_a_lizard fenster_never_turned_in_his_part_of_the_group_project fenster_never_uses_coasters fenster_pked_you_in_wow fenster_pokes_your_pets_until_they_get_annoyed_and_move_off_the_couch_onto_their_beds fenster_posted_on_4chan_once fenster_took_your_mother_out_to_a_nice_seafood_dinner_and_never_called_back fenster_was_the_one_that_stole_your_candy_in_3rd_grade fictional_universe fictional_world file_(the_digital_kind_not_the_tool) fire_in_my_skin flowers_in_hair flowers_possibly_on_floor_from_falling_out_of_hair flutter_shy flutterbruised flutterears flutterfeet flutterguy flutternose flutterrage fluttershy for_allah for_blue_flowers for_deletion for_twelve_years_you_have_been_asking:_who_is_john_galt?_this_is_john_galt_speaking._i_am_the_man_who_loves_his_life._i_am_the_man_who_does_not_sacrifice_his_love_or_his_values._i_am_the_man_who_has_deprived_you_of_victims_and_thus_has_destroyed_your_world_and_if_you_wish_to_know_why_you_are_perishing-you_who_dread_knowledge__-i_am_the_man_who_will_now_tell_you.”_ four_allah four_blue_flowers four_deletion freudian friendship_is_magic functionalist g4 gala_dress gas_not_visible_but_implied genisi german_translation_needed gestaltist gijinka goat_anime good_dental_hygiene grand_galloping_gala great_ape green_dress_that_is_also_yellow_with_some_blue hair hands_mostly_not_visible_although_part_of_what_looks_like_her_right_palm_is_visible handwritten_text has_anyone_really_been_far_even_as_decided_to_use_even_go_want_to_do_look_more_like heh hellfire her_chest_looks_kinda_flat_maybe_she's_a_man holy_water_is_the_best_subweapon hulkamania human_celestia_just_out_of_frame humanistic humanized humanized_scene_from_the_show i'm_scared i'm_so_proud_of_all_of_you i_dont_think_theres_a_single_bad_idea_in_the_entirety_of_this_page_to_be_perfectly_frank i_hope_that_someone_gets_my iconic if_that_thing_comes_by_my_house_i_kill_it if_you_were_hiking_a_mountain_and_a_black_man_greated_you_on_the_top_and_started_to_tell_you_how_far_away_from_the_news_you_where_you_would_still_not_be_as_far_away_from_the_news_as_this_image_page_is_and_yes_you_are_not_listening_to_celestia_radio image image_file image_filesize_could_be_reduced_to_74995_bytes image_has_a_lot_of_tags_wowza! image_liked_for_reasons_unrelated_to_the_image image_not_an_infinite_canvas image_not_optimized imagine_four_butterflies_on_the_edge_of_a_dress in_case_of_contra_calculus_break_this_glass in_case_of_fontra_break_this_glass in_case_of_the_fonz_break_this_glass inappropriately_tagged indeterminate_racism infp insanity internal_organs_not_visible irresponsibly_tagged is it's_extremely_difficult_to_overtag_a_picture_but_this_is_one_such_example ixionfaust_had_a_cache_but_its_gone_now ixionfaust_saved_these_tags_pages_through_copy_and_past_oh_my_god_why_why_why_contra_calculus_this_hurts jerk joints_(subdermal) jpeg_format jungian knife_is_the_best_subweapon l_(letter) lacking_context lacks_a_moth leaning_forward_with_her_knees_likely_bent light_blue light_green light_waves_being_reflected_off_physical_objects lighter_shade_of_green like_fire lip_gloss lip_stick liquid_implied love love_me lu_bu_not_pursued m made_quite_an_awesome_stunt_at_the_mtv_awards mass matter may_or_may_not_contain_higgs_boson_particles maybe_nitrogen_in_air me meme message_in_a_bottle messy_hair meta_tags missing_a_shoe_(implied) more_than_one_color moth_possibly_hidden mouth mouth_extends_the_limits_of_the_face multilingual must_tag_irresponsibly my_client_brock_lesnar_conquered_the_undertaker's_undefeated_streak_at_wrestlemania my_little_pony my_little_pony_friendship_is_magic neither_the_best_nor_the_worst_picture neo-pavlovian neopavlovian night_sky_is_wrong_color no_aperture_info no_creeper_visible no_disponible_en_español no_exif_info no_exposure_info no_focal_length_info no_food_visible no_hat no_hat_in_this_image no_iso_info no_lens_info no_more_castlevaniajokes_dratit no_moth_visible no_one_cares no_socks no_spacecraft_visible no_spider_visible no_such_thing_as_too_many_tags non-newtonian_tears noneuclidean_fashion noneuclidean_geometry noneuclidean_speech nose not_"behavoirist"_check_your_spelling_jeez not_420 not_a_breezie not_a_changeling not_a_comic not_a_corgi not_a_crossover not_a_meme not_a_minecraft_crossover not_a_moth not_a_parody not_a_parody_of_robbie_williams_hit_single_millenium not_a_pony not_a_slightly_smaller_corgi not_a_tree not_a_vector not_absurdres not_an_audio_file not_an_equestria_girls_character not_an_scp not_animated not_applejack not_appropriately_tagged not_art not_ask not_beepdog 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oh_my_god_how_did_this_get_here_i_am_not_good_with_tags oh_my_god_how_do_i_get_my_hair_like_that on_bronibooru one_eye_slightly_more_closed_than_the_other one_hair_sticking_out one_hand_partially_visible one_of_the_tags_might_be_incorrect one_panel_comic orange_color_not_present originally_posted_on_deviantart outside_appleloosa over_nine_thousand overly_tagged oxygen part_of_the_observable_universe pavlovian peeved pencil_lines_visible picture pink pink_hair ponies_without_ponies ponygoons_are_jerks_about_tags portrait_orientation portrayal_of_something possible_fart possibly_a_changeling possibly_berserked possibly_in_doorway possibly_racist post_9809 potentially_hell probably_not_a_changeling probably_wearing_shoes_but_since_we_cant_see_the_feet_we_cant_know_for_sure profanity_not_used psychologically_conceptualized_item queen_meanie quite_a_mental_breakdown quite_interesting quite_psychostic quizical quote_is_not_edit reasons_why_everyone_should_have_the_ability_to_vote_on_here rebound_stone_is_the_best_subweapon rectangular red_background result_of_successful_cell_mitosis reverse_ponification ring_of_ares_and_red_rust_run ripped_fabric scene_from_the_show scuff_marks second_most_adorable_pony self_contained_narrative sending_out_an_s.o.s._to_the_world sentient_creature seven_flowers_in_hair several_things shading shadowwalker_not_present sharp_ she_mad shoulder shouting simple_background skin skinnerian slightly_anime solid some_shit something_that_jim_henson_would_be_afraid_of something_that_jim_henson_would_be_proud_of something_that_jim_henson_would_not_be_proud_of soundwaves_(not_visible) speech_bubble spleen_not_visible spy_in_background_not_visible still_better_than_equestria_girls structuralism support_hose_(maybe_i_cannot_tell_for_certain) supports_communism supports_fascism taaaaaaaaaaaaags tag_and_tag_related_accessories tag_group_hug tag_meme tag_shitposting tag_you're_it! tagged tagged_by_irc tagme tags_approved_by_durandal_and_grilox talking_to_someone_offscreen taste_buds technically_a_monologue techtv teeth text thanks_m_a_larson thats_the_end_of_of_the_joke the_chief_engineer_was_the_only_one_able_to_move;_he_ran_to_a_television_set_and_struggled_frantically_with_its_dials._but_the_screen_remained_empty;_the_speaker_had_not_chosen_to_be_seen._only_his_voice_filled_the_airways_of_the_country-of_the_world_thought_the_chief_engineer-sounding_as_if_he_were_speaking_here_in_this_room_not_to_a_group_but_to_one_man;_it_was_not_the_tone_of_addressing_a_meeting_but_the_tone_of_addressing_a_mind. the_colors_duke_the_colors the_cross_is_the_best_subweapon the_ego the_id the_most_well_tagged_image_ever the_product_of_the_use_of_tools the_reason_for_occupy_wallstreet the_reason_for_the_economic_downturn the_rest_the_silence the_superego the_tag_count_is_too_drat_high theres_a_lot_happening_here_so_it_would_be_difficult_to_accurately_describe_the_substance_of_the_image_with_just_words this this_image_is_the_sole_use_of_most_of_our_bandwidth_from_edits this_image_now_has_more_words_in_its_tags_than_the_who_is_john_galt this_is_not_humanized_fluttershy_screaming this_is_why_you_never_let_irc_tag_an_image this_looks_familiar this_needs_to_have_a_who_is_john_galt_treatment_with_all_of_these_words this_shit_is_bananas_b_a_n_a_n_a_s three_yellow_flowers today_history_is_being_made_as_aeolus6_and_the_equestrian_collector’s_mint_release_this_government_authorized_noncirculating_liberian_legal_tender_september_11th_commemorative.__on_the_front_the_frosted_canterlot_towers_stand_out_against_a_mirrorlike_background_much_as_they_did_in_the_gleaming_moonlight_of_that_fateful_night_double_dated_20012011_with_our_promise__"you're_going_to_love_me!"__another_historic_first:_this_silver_leaf_coincertificate_displays_a_standard_$20_denomination_on_one_side.__but_on_the_other_side_it's_the_first_time_ever_that_two_separate_numbers_have_been_used_to_add_up_to_the_full_$20_face_value__it_uses_9_and_11_to_commemorate_the_10th_anniversary_of_the_grand_galloping_gala_tragedy. tongue tons_and_tons_and_tons_of_tags too_bad too_hot_for_sharia_law too_many_tags too_sexualized_therefore_feather_you torn_clothes totally_an_scp totally_lady_gaga totally_not_lady_gaga trace_amounts_of_other_gases translation_request translation_that_isn't_terrible_request transpersonalist truly_truly_outrageous turquoise under_tagged universe_1 unoriginal_character uploaded_by_henry_plainview use_of_speech_to_suggest_passage_of_time v vine vines vines_on_arms vines_that_might_be_plastic vintage_shitpost visible_color_spectrum vwv waluigi_time wardrobe_malfunction_waiting_to_happen we'll_do_it_live we're_fighting_for_the_tags_of_war we_all_live_in_a_yellow_submarine we_really_need_more_oc_on_booru_they_are_so_important_for_mlp_fanart_pool_please_upload_more what_a_piece_of_work_is_man what_is_a_tag_a_miserable_little_pile_of_serif what_is_love what_is_wrong_with_you where's_rainbow_dash? white_skin who_is_john_galt why?!?! why_are_you_reading_this why_aren't_you_copying_and_pasting_correctly_drat_you woomod_sez_we_are_taking_this_tag_war_too_far!_three_times words_written_in_english wrist x>156_tags xaviergenisi_did_not_make_this_tag yellow you're_lousy z_is_not_how_you_say_zed zed_is_not_how_you_say_z zetta_slow zyou_are_now_at_the_end_of_the_tag_list zzno_youre_not “a_being_of_volitional_consciousness_has_no_automatic_course_of_behavior._he_needs_a_code_of_values_to_guide_his_actions._‘value’_is_that_which_one_acts_to_gain_and_keep_‘virtue’_is_the_action_by_which_one_gains_and_keeps_it._‘value’_presupposes_an_answer_to_the_question:_of_value_to_whom_and_for_what?_‘value’_presupposes_a_standard_a_purpose_and_the_necessity_of_action_in_the_face_of_an_alternative._where_there_are_no_alternatives_no_values_are_possible. “a_code_of_values_accepted_by_choice_is_a_code_of_morality. “a_living_entity_that_regarded_its_means_of_survival_as_evil_would_not_survive._a_plant_that_struggled_to_mangle_its_roots_a_bird_that_fought_to_break_its_wings_would_not_remain_for_long_in_the_existence_they_affronted._but_the_history_of_man_has_been_a_struggle_to_deny_and_to_destroy_his_mind. “a_morality_that_holds_need_as_a_claim_holds_emptiness-non-existence-as_its_standard_of_value;_it_rewards_an_absence_a_defeat:_weakness_inability_incompetence_suffering_disease_disaster_the_lack_the_fault_the_flaw-the_zero. “a_mystic_is_a_man_who_surrendered_his_mind_at_its_first_encounter_with_the_minds_of_others._somewhere_in_the_distant_reaches_of_his_childhood_when_his_own_understanding_of_reality_clashed_with_the_assertions_of_others_with_their_arbitrary_orders_and_contradictory_demands_he_gave_in_to_so_craven_a_fear_of_independence_that_he_renounced_his_rational_faculty._at_the_crossroads_of_the_choice_between_‘i_know’_and_‘they_say’_he_chose_the_authority_of_others_he_chose_to_submit_rather_than_to_understand_to_believe_rather_than_to_think._faith_in_the_supernatural_begins_as_faith_in_the_superiority_of_others._his_surrender_took_the_form_of_the_feeling_that_he_must_hide_his_lack_of_understanding_that_others_possess_some_mysterious_knowledge_of_which_he_alone_is_deprived_that_reality_is_whatever_they_want_it_to_be_through_some_means_forever_denied_to_him. “a_plant_must_feed_itself_in_order_to_live;_the_sunlight_the_water_the_chemicals_it_needs_are_the_values_its_nature_has_set_it_to_pursue;_its_life_is_the_standard_of_value_directing_its_actions._but_a_plant_has_no_choice_of_action;_there_are_alternatives_in_the_conditions_it_encounters_but_there_is_no_alternative_in_its_function:_it_acts_automatically_to_further_its_life_it_cannot_act_for_its_own_destruction. “a_rational_process_is_a_moral_process._you_may_make_an_error_at_any_step_of_it_with_nothing_to_protect_you_but_your_own_severity_or_you_may_try_to_cheat_to_fake_the_evidence_and_evade_the_effort_of_the_quest-but_if_devotion_to_truth_is_the_hallmark_of_morality_then_there_is_no_greater_nobler_more_heroic_form_of_devotion_than_the_act_of_a_man_who_assumes_the_responsibility_of_thinking. “a_sacrifice_is_the_surrender_of_a_value._full_sacrifice_is_full_surrender_of_all_values._if_you_wish_to_achieve_full_virtue_you_must_seek_no_gratitude_in_return_for_your_sacrifice_no_praise_no_love_no_admiration_no_self-esteem_not_even_the_pride_of_being_virtuous;_the_faintest_trace_of_any_gain_dilutes_your_virtue._if_you_pursue_a_course_of_action_that_does_not_taint_your_life_by_any_joy_that_brings_you_no_value_in_matter_no_value_in_spirit_no_gain_no_profit_no_reward-if_you_achieve_this_state_of_total_zero_you_have_achieved_the_ideal_of_moral_perfection. “a_savage_is_a_being_who_has_not_grasped_that_a_is_a_and_that_reality_is_real._he_has_arrested_his_mind_at_the_level_of_a_baby’s_at_the_state_when_a_consciousness_acquires_its_initial_sensory_perception_and_has_not_learned_to_distinguish_solid_objects._it_is_to_a_baby_that_the_world_appears_as_a_blur_of_motion_without_things_that_move-and_the_birth_of_his_mind_is_the_day_when_he_grasps_that_the_streak_that_keeps_flickering_past_him_is_his_mother_and_the_whirl_beyond_her_is_a_curtain_that_the_two_are_solid_entities_and_neither_can_turn_into_the_other_that_they_are_what_they_are_that_they_exist._the_day_when_he_grasps_that_matter_has_no_volition_is_the_day_when_he_grasps_that_he_has-and_this_is_his_birth_as_a_human_being._the_day_when_he_grasps_that_the_reflection_he_sees_in_a_mirror_is_not_a_delusion_that_it_is_real_but_it_is_not_himself_that_the_mirage_he_sees_in_a_desert_is_not_a_delusion_that_the_air_and_the_light_rays_that_cause_it_are_real_but_it_is_not_a_city_it_is_a_city’s_reflection-the_day_when_he_grasps_that_he_is_not_a_passive_recipient_of_the_sensations_of_any_given_moment_that_his_senses_do_not_provide_him_with_automatic_knowledge_in_separate_snatches_independent_of_context_but_only_with_the_material_of_knowledge_which_his_mind_must_learn_to_integrate-the_day_when_he_grasps_that_his_senses_cannot_deceive_him_that_physical_objects_cannot_act_without_causes_that_his_organs_of_perception_are_physical_and_have_no_volition_no_power_to_invent_or_to_distort_that_the_evidence_they_give_him_is_an_absolute_but_his_mind_must_learn_to_understand_it_his_mind_must_discover_the_nature_the_causes_the_full_context_of_his_sensory_material_his_mind_must_identify_the_things_that_he_perceives-that_is_the_day_of_his_birth_as_a_thinker_and_scientist. “a_sin_without_volition_is_a_slap_at_morality_and_an_insolent_contradiction_in_terms:_that_which_is_outside_the_possibility_of_choice_is_outside_the_province_of_morality._if_man_is_evil_by_birth_he_has_no_will_no_power_to_change_it;_if_he_has_no_will_he_can_be_neither_good_nor_evil;_a_robot_is_amoral._to_hold_as_man’s_sin_a_fact_not_open_to_his_choice_is_a_mockery_of_morality._to_hold_man’s_nature_as_his_sin_is_a_mockery_of_nature._to_punish_him_for_a_crime_he_committed_before_he_was_born_is_a_mockery_of_justice._to_hold_him_guilty_in_a_matter_where_no_innocence_exists_is_a_mockery_of_reason._to_destroy_morality_nature_justice_and_reason_by_means_of_a_single_concept_is_a_feat_of_evil_hardly_to_be_matched._yet_that_is_the_root_of_your_code. “accept_the_fact_that_the_achievement_of_your_happiness_is_the_only_moral_purpose_of_your_life_and_that_happiness-not_pain_or_mindless_self-indulgence-is_the_proof_of_your_moral_integrity_since_it_is_the_proof_and_the_result_of_your_loyalty_to_the_achievement_of_your_values._happiness_was_the_responsibility_you_dreaded_it_required_the_kind_of_rational_discipline_you_did_not_value_yourself_enough_to_assume-and_the_anxious_staleness_of_your_day_is_the_monument_to_your_evasion_of_the_knowledge_that_there_is_no_moral_substitute_for_happiness_that_there_is_no_more_despicable_coward_than_the_man_who_deserted_the_battle_for_his_joy_fearing_to_assert_his_right_to_existence_lacking_the_courage_and_the_loyalty_to_life_of_a_bird_or_a_flower_reaching_for_the_sun._discard_the_protective_rags_of_that_vice_which_you_called_a_virtue:_humility-learn_to_value_yourself_which_means:_to_fight_for_your_happiness-and_when_you_learn_that_pride_is_the_sum_of_all_virtues_you_will_learn_to_live_like_a_man. “accept_the_irrevocable_fact_that_your_life_depends_upon_your_mind._admit_that_the_whole_of_your_struggle_your_doubts_your_fakes_your_evasions_was_a_desperate_quest_for_escape_from_the_responsibility_of_a_volitional_consciousness-a_quest_for_automatic_knowledge_for_instinctive_action_for_intuitive_certainty-and_while_you_called_it_a_longing_for_the_state_of_an_angel_what_you_were_seeking_was_the_state_of_an_animal._accept_as_your_moral_ideal_the_task_of_becoming_a_man. “act_as_a_rational_being_and_aim_at_becoming_a_rallying_point_for_all_those_who_are_starved_for_a_voice_of_integrity-act_on_your_rational_values_whether_alone_in_the_midst_of_your_enemies_or_with_a_few_of_your_chosen_friends_or_as_the_founder_of_a_modest_community_on_the_frontier_of_mankind’s_rebirth. “all_that_which_is_proper_to_the_life_of_a_rational_being_is_the_good;_all_that_which_destroys_it_is_the_evil. “all_the_men_who_have_vanished_the_men_you_hated_yet_dreaded_to_lose_it_is_i_who_have_taken_them_away_from_you._do_not_attempt_to_find_us._we_do_not_choose_to_be_found._do_not_cry_that_it_is_our_duty_to_serve_you._we_do_not_recognize_such_duty._do_not_cry_that_you_need_us._we_do_not_consider_need_a_claim._do_not_cry_that_you_own_us._you_don’t._do_not_beg_us_to_return._we_are_on_strike_we_the_men_of_the_mind. “all_thinking_is_a_process_of_identification_and_integration._man_perceives_a_blob_of_color;_by_integrating_the_evidence_of_his_sight_and_his_touch_he_learns_to_identify_it_as_a_solid_object;_he_learns_to_identify_the_object_as_a_table;_he_learns_that_the_table_is_made_of_wood;_he_learns_that_the_wood_consists_of_cells_that_the_cells_consist_of_molecules_that_the_molecules_consist_of_atoms._all_through_this_process_the_work_of_his_mind_consists_of_answers_to_a_single_question:_what_is_it?_his_means_to_establish_the_truth_of_his_answers_is_logic_and_logic_rests_on_the_axiom_that_existence_exists._logic_is_the_art_of_non-contradictory_identification._a_contradiction_cannot_exist._an_atom_is_itself_and_so_is_the_universe;_neither_can_contradict_its_own_identity;_nor_can_a_part_contradict_the_whole._no_concept_man_forms_is_valid_unless_he_integrates_it_without_contradiction_into_the_total_sum_of_his_knowledge._to_arrive_at_a_contradiction_is_to_confess_an_error_in_one’s_thinking;_to_maintain_a_contradiction_is_to_abdicate_one’s_mind_and_to_evict_oneself_from_the_realm_of_reality. “an_animal_is_equipped_for_sustaining_its_life;_its_senses_provide_it_with_an_automatic_code_of_action_an_automatic_knowledge_of_what_is_good_for_it_or_evil._it_has_no_power_to_extend_its_knowledge_or_to_evade_it._in_conditions_where_its_knowledge_proves_inadequate_it_dies._but_so_long_as_it_lives_it_acts_on_its_knowledge_with_automatic_safety_and_no_power_of_choice_it_is_unable_to_ignore_its_own_good_unable_to_decide_to_choose_the_evil_and_act_as_its_own_destroyer. “an_axiom_is_a_statement_that_identifies_the_base_of_knowledge_and_of_any_further_statement_pertaining_to_that_knowledge_a_statement_necessarily_contained_in_all_others_whether_any_particular_speaker_chooses_to_identify_it_or_not._an_axiom_is_a_proposition_that_defeats_its_opponents_by_the_fact_that_they_have_to_accept_it_and_use_it_in_the_process_of_any_attempt_to_deny_it._let_the_caveman_who_does_not_choose_to_accept_the_axiom_of_identity_try_to_present_his_theory_without_using_the_concept_of_identity_or_any_concept_derived_from_it-let_the_anthropoid_who_does_not_choose_to_accept_the_existence_of_nouns_try_to_devise_a_language_without_nouns_adjectives_or_verbs-let_the_witch-doctor_who_does_not_choose_to_accept_the_validity_of_sensory_perception_try_to_prove_it_without_using_the_data_he_obtained_by_sensory_perception-let_the_head-hunter_who_does_not_choose_to_accept_the_validity_of_logic_try_to_prove_it_without_using_logic-let_the_pigmy_who_proclaims_that_a_skyscraper_needs_no_foundation_after_it_reaches_its_fiftieth_story_yank_the_base_from_under_his_building_not_yours-let_the_cannibal_who_snarls_that_the_freedom_of_man’s_mind_was_needed_to_create_an_industrial_civilization_but_is_not_needed_to_maintain_it_be_given_an_arrowhead_and_bearskin_not_a_university_chair_of_economics. “and_as_he_now_crawls_through_the_wreckage_groping_blindly_for_a_way_to_live_your_teachers_offer_him_the_help_of_a_morality_that_proclaims_that_he’ll_find_no_solution_and_must_seek_no_fulfillment_on_earth._real_existence_they_tell_him_is_that_which_he_cannot_perceive_true_consciousness_is_the_faculty_of_perceiving_the_non-existent-and_if_he_is_unable_to_understand_it_that_is_the_proof_that_his_existence_is_evil_and_his_consciousness_impotent. “and_that_is_precisely_the_goal_of_your_morality_the_duty_that_your_code_demands_of_you._give_to_that_which_you_do_not_enjoy_serve_that_which_you_do_not_admire_submit_to_that_which_you_consider_evil-surrender_the_world_to_the_values_of_others_deny_reject_renounce_your_self._your_self_is_your_mind;_renounce_it_and_you_become_a_chunk_of_meat_ready_for_any_cannibal_to_swallow. “and_that_is_the_whole_of_their_shabby_secret._the_secret_of_all_their_esoteric_philosophies_of_all_their_dialectics_and_super-senses_of_their_evasive_eyes_and_snarling_words_the_secret_for_which_they_destroy_civilization_language_industries_and_lives_the_secret_for_which_they_pierce_their_own_eyes_and_eardrums_grind_out_their_senses_blank_out_their_minds_the_purpose_for_which_they_dissolve_the_absolutes_of_reason_logic_matter_existence_reality-is_to_erect_upon_that_plastic_fog_a_single_holy_absolute:_their_wish. “and_to_forestall_any_inquiry_into_the_cause_of_the_difference_between_a_jungle_village_and_new_york_city_they_resort_to_the_ultimate_obscenity_of_explaining_man’s_industrial_progress-skyscrapers_cable_bridges_power_motors_railroad_trains-by_declaring_that_man_is_an_animal_who_possesses_an_‘instinct_of_tool-making.’ “are_you_beginning_to_see_who_is_john_galt?_i_am_the_man_who_has_earned_the_thing_you_did_not_fight_for_the_thing_you_have_renounced_betrayed_corrupted_yet_were_unable_fully_to_destroy_and_are_now_hiding_as_your_guilty_secret_spending_your_life_in_apologies_to_every_professional_cannibal_lest_it_be_discovered_that_somewhere_within_you_you_still_long_to_say_what_i_am_now_saying_to_the_hearing_of_the_whole_of_mankind:_i_am_proud_of_my_own_value_and_of_the_fact_that_i_wish_to_live. “are_you_now_crying:_no_this_was_not_what_you_wanted?_a_mindless_world_of_ruins_was_not_your_goal?_you_did_not_want_us_to_leave_you?_you_moral_cannibals_i_know_that_you’ve_always_known_what_it_was_that_you_wanted._but_your_game_is_up_because_now_we_know_it_too. “are_you_seeking_to_know_what_is_wrong_with_the_world?_all_the_disasters_that_have_wrecked_your_world_came_from_your_leaders’_attempt_to_evade_the_fact_that_a_is_a._all_the_secret_evil_you_dread_to_face_within_you_and_all_the_pain_you_have_ever_endured_came_from_your_own_attempt_to_evade_the_fact_that_a_is_a._the_purpose_of_those_who_taught_you_to_evade_it_was_to_make_you_forget_that_man_is_man. “are_you_thinking_in_some_foggy_stupor_that_it’s_only_material_values_that_your_morality_requires_you_to_sacrifice?_and_what_do_you_think_are_material_values?_matter_has_no_value_except_as_a_means_for_the_satisfaction_of_human_desires._matter_is_only_a_tool_of_human_values._to_what_service_are_you_asked_to_give_the_material_tools_your_virtue_has_produced?_to_the_service_of_that_which_you_regard_as_evil:_to_a_principle_you_do_not_share_to_a_person_you_do_not_respect_to_the_achievement_of_a_purpose_opposed_to_your_own-else_your_gift_is_not_a_sacrifice. “as_a_basic_step_of_self-esteem_learn_to_treat_as_the_mark_of_a_cannibal_any_man’s_demand_for_your_help._to_demand_it_is_to_claim_that_your_life_is_his_property-and_loathsome_as_such_claim_might_be_there’s_something_still_more_loathsome:_your_agreement._do_you_ask_if_it’s_ever_proper_to_help_another_man?_no-if_he_claims_it_as_his_right_or_as_a_moral_duty_that_you_owe_him._yes-if_such_is_your_own_desire_based_on_your_own_selfish_pleasure_in_the_value_of_his_person_and_his_struggle._suffering_as_such_is_not_a_value;_only_man’s_fight_against_suffering_is._if_you_choose_to_help_a_man_who_suffers_do_it_only_on_the_ground_of_his_virtues_of_his_right_to_recover_of_his_rational_record_or_of_the_fact_that_he_suffers_unjustly;_then_your_action_is_still_a_trade_and_his_virtue_is_the_payment_for_your_help._be_to_help_a_man_who_has_no_virtues_to_help_him_on_the_ground_of_his_suffering_as_such_to_accept_his_faults_his_need_as_a_claim-is_to_accept_the_mortgage_of_a_zero_on_your_values._a_man_who_has_no_virtues_is_a_hater_of_existence_who_acts_on_the_premise_of_death;_to_help_him_is_to_sanction_his_evil_and_to_support_his_career_of_destruction._be_it_only_a_penny_you_will_not_miss_or_a_kindly_smile_he_has_not_earned_a_tribute_to_a_zero_is_treason_to_life_and_to_all_those_who_struggle_to_maintain_it._it_is_of_such_pennies_and_smiles_that_the_desolation_of_your_world_was_made. “as_products_of_the_split_between_man’s_soul_and_body_there_are_two_kinds_of_teachers_of_the_morality_of_death:_the_mystics_of_spirit_and_the_mystics_of_muscle_whom_you_call_the_spiritualists_and_the_materialists_those_who_believe_in_consciousness_without_existence_and_those_who_believe_in_existence_without_consciousness._both_demand_the_surrender_of_your_mind_one_to_their_revelation_the_other_to_their_reflexes._no_matter_how_loudly_they_posture_in_the_roles_of_irreconcilable_antagonists_their_moral_codes_are_alike_and_so_are_their_aims:_in_matter-the_enslavement_of_man’s_body_in_spirit-the_destruction_of_his_mind. “as_there_can_be_no_causeless_wealth_so_there_can_be_no_causeless_love_or_any_sort_of_causeless_emotion._an_emotion_is_a_response_to_a_face_of_reality_an_estimate_dictated_by_your_standards._to_love_is_to_value._the_man_who_tells_you_that_it_is_possible_to_value_without_values_to_love_those_whom_you_appraise_as_worthless_is_the_man_who_tells_you_that_it_is_possible_to_grow_rich_by_consuming_without_producing_and_that_paper_money_is_as_valuable_as_gold. “as_they_feed_on_stolen_wealth_in_body_so_they_feed_on_stolen_concepts_in_mind_and_proclaim_that_honesty_consists_of_refusing_to_know_that_one_is_stealing._as_they_use_effects_while_denying_causes_so_they_use_our_concepts_while_denying_the_roots_and_the_existence_of_the_concepts_they_are_using._as_they_seek_not_to_build_but_to_take_over_industrial_plants_so_they_seek_not_to_think_but_to_take_over_human_thinking. “as_they_proclaim_that_the_only_requirement_for_running_a_factory_is_the_ability_to_turn_the_cranks_of_the_machines_and_blank_out_the_question_of_who_created_the_factory-so_they_proclaim_that_there_are_no_entities_that_nothing_exists_but_motion_and_blank_out_the_fact_that_motion_presupposes_the_thing_which_moves_that_without_the_concept_of_entity_there_can_be_no_such_concept_as_‘motion.’_as_they_proclaim_their_right_to_consume_the_unearned_and_blank_out_the_question_of_who’s_to_produce_it-so_they_proclaim_that_there_is_no_law_of_identity_that_nothing_exists_but_change_and_blank_out_the_fact_that_change_presupposes_the_concepts_of_what_changes_from_what_and_to_what_that_without_the_law_of_identity_no_such_concept_as_‘change’_is_possible._as_they_rob_an_industrialist_while_denying_his_value_so_they_seek_to_seize_power_over_all_of_existence_while_denying_that_existence_exists. “as_this_double-jointed_double-standard_morality_splits_you_in_half_so_it_splits_mankind_into_two_enemy_camps:_one_is_you_the_other_is_all_the_rest_of_humanity._you_are_the_only_outcast_who_has_no_right_to_wish_to_live._you_are_the_only_servant_the_rest_are_the_masters_you_are_the_only_giver_the_rest_are_the_takers_you_are_the_eternal_debtor_the_rest_are_the_creditors_never_to_be_paid_off._you_must_not_question_their_right_to_your_sacrifice_or_the_nature_of_their_wishes_and_their_needs:_their_right_is_conferred_upon_them_by_a_negative_by_the_fact_that_they_are_‘non-you.’ “at_the_end_of_your_road_of_successive_betrayals_stripped_of_weapons_of_certainty_of_honor_you_commit_your_final_act_of_treason_and_sign_your_petition_of_intellectual_bankruptcy:_while_the_muscle-mystics_of_the_people’s_states_proclaim_that_they’re_the_champions_of_reason_and_science_you_agree_and_hasten_to_proclaim_that_faith_is_your_cardinal_principle_that_reason_is_on_the_side_of_your_destroyers_but_yours_is_the_side_of_faith._to_the_struggling_remnants_of_rational_honesty_in_the_twisted_bewildered_minds_of_your_children_you_declare_that_you_can_offer_no_rational_argument_to_support_the_ideas_that_created_this_country_that_there_is_no_rational_justification_for_freedom_for_property_for_justice_for_rights_that_they_rest_on_a_mystical_insight_and_can_be_accepted_only_on_faith_that_in_reason_and_logic_the_enemy_is_right_but_faith_is_superior_to_reason._you_declare_to_your_children_that_it_is_rational_to_loot_to_torture_to_enslave_to_expropriate_to_murder_but_that_they_must_resist_the_temptations_of_logic_and_stick_to_the_discipline_of_remaining_irrational-that_skyscrapers_factories_radios_airplanes_were_the_products_of_faith_and_mystic_intuition_while_famines_concentration_camps_and_firing_squads_are_the_products_of_a_reasonable_manner_of_existence-that_the_industrial_revolution_was_the_revolt_of_the_men_of_faith_against_that_era_of_reason_and_logic_which_is_known_as_the_middle_ages._simultaneously_in_the_same_breath_to_the_same_child_you_declare_that_the_looters_who_rule_the_people’s_states_will_surpass_this_country_in_material_production_since_they_are_the_representatives_of_science_but_that_it’s_evil_to_be_concerned_with_physical_wealth_and_that_one_must_renounce_material_prosperity-you_declare_that_the_looters’_ideal_are_noble_but_they_do_not_mean_them_while_you_do;_that_your_purpose_in_fighting_the_looters_is_only_to_accomplish_their_aims_which_they_cannot_accomplish_but_you_can;_and_that_the_way_to_fight_them_is_to_beat_them_to_it_and_give_one’s_wealth_away._then_you_wonder_why_your_children_join_the_people’s_thugs_or_become_half-crazed_delinquents_you_wonder_why_the_looters’_conquests_keep_creeping_closer_to_your_doors-and_you_blame_it_on_human_stupidity_declaring_that_the_masses_are_impervious_to_reason. “be_it_a_highwayman_who_confronts_a_traveler_with_the_ultimatum:_‘your_money_or_your_life’_or_a_politician_who_confronts_a_country_with_the_ultimatum:_‘your_children’s_education_or_your_life’_the_meaning_of_that_ultimatum_is:_‘your_mind_or_your_life’-and_neither_is_possible_to_man_without_the_other. “both_sides_agreed_that_morality_demands_the_surrender_of_your_self-interest_and_of_your_mind_that_the_moral_and_the_practical_are_opposites_that_morality_is_not_the_province_of_reason_but_the_province_of_faith_and_force._both_sides_agreed_that_no_rational_morality_is_possible_that_there_is_no_right_or_wrong_in_reason-that_in_reason_there’s_no_reason_to_be_moral. “but_it_cannot_be_done_to_you_without_your_consent._if_you_permit_it_to_be_done_you_deserve_it. “but_it_is_not_to_him_that_i_wish_to_speak._i_am_speaking_to_those_among_you_who_have_retained_some_sovereign_shred_of_their_soul_unsold_and_unstamped:_‘-to_the_order_of_others.’_if_in_the_chaos_of_the_motives_that_have_made_you_listen_to_the_radio_tonight_there_was_an_honest_rational_desire_to_learn_what_is_wrong_with_the_world_you_are_the_man_whom_i_wished_to_address._by_the_rules_and_terms_of_my_code_one_owes_a_rational_statement_to_those_whom_it_does_concern_and_who’re_making_an_effort_to_know._those_who’re_making_an_effort_to_fall_to_understand_me_are_not_a_concern_of_mine. “but_neither_life_nor_happiness_can_be_achieved_by_the_pursuit_of_irrational_whims._just_as_man_is_free_to_attempt_to_survive_in_any_random_manner_but_will_perish_unless_he_lives_as_his_nature_requires_so_he_is_free_to_seek_his_happiness_in_any_mindless_fraud_but_the_torture_of_frustration_is_all_he_will_find_unless_he_seeks_the_happiness_proper_to_man._the_purpose_of_morality_is_to_teach_you_not_to_suffer_and_die_but_to_enjoy_yourself_and_live. “but_there_will_be_no_extinction_this_time._the_game_of_the_mystics_is_up._you_will_perish_in_and_by_your_own_unreality._we_the_men_of_reason_will_survive. “but_to_think_is_an_act_of_choice._the_key_to_what_you_so_recklessly_call_‘human_nature’_the_open_secret_you_live_with_yet_dread_to_name_is_the_fact_that_man_is_a_being_of_volitional_consciousness._reason_does_not_work_automatically;_thinking_is_not_a_mechanical_process;_the_connections_of_logic_are_not_made_by_instinct._the_function_of_your_stomach_lungs_or_heart_is_automatic;_the_function_of_your_mind_is_not._in_any_hour_and_issue_of_your_life_you_are_free_to_think_or_to_evade_that_effort._but_you_are_not_free_to_escape_from_your_nature_from_the_fact_that_reason_is_your_means_of_survival-so_that_for_you_who_are_a_human_being_the_question_‘to_be_or_not_to_be’_is_the_question_‘to’_think_or_not_to_think.’ “but_to_those_of_you_who_still_retain_a_remnant_of_the_dignity_and_will_to_love_one’s_life_i_am_offering_the_chance_to_make_a_choice._choose_whether_you_wish_to_perish_for_a_morality_you_have_never_believed_or_practiced._pause_on_the_brink_of_self-destruction_and_examine_your_values_and_your_life._you_had_known_how_to_take_an_inventory_of_your_wealth._now_take_an_inventory_of_your_mind. “but_to_win_it_requires_your_total_dedication_and_a_total_break_with_the_world_of_your_past_with_the_doctrine_that_man_is_a_sacrificial_animal_who_exists_for_the_pleasure_of_others._fight_for_the_value_of_your_person._fight_for_the_virtue_of_your_pride._fight_for_the_essence_of_that_which_is_man:_for_his_sovereign_rational_mind._fight_with_the_radiant_certainty_and_the_absolute_rectitude_of_knowing_that_yours_is_the_morality_of_life_and_that_yours_is_the_battle_for_any_achievement_any_value_any_grandeur_any_goodness_any_joy_that_has_ever_existed_on_this_earth. “by_a_feeling_he_has_not_learned_to_identify_but_has_derived_from_his_first_awareness_of_existence_from_his_discovery_that_he_has_to_make_choices_man_knows_that_his_desperate_need_of_self-esteem_is_a_matter_of_life_or_death._as_a_being_of_volitional_consciousness_he_knows_that_he_must_know_his_own_value_in_order_to_maintain_his_own_life._he_knows_that_he_has_to_be_right;_to_be_wrong_in_action_means_danger_to_his_life;_to_be_wrong_in_person_to_be_evil_means_to_be_unfit_for_existence. “damnation_is_the_start_of_your_morality_destruction_is_its_purpose_means_and_end._your_code_begins_by_damning_man_as_evil_then_demands_that_he_practice_a_good_which_it_defines_as_impossible_for_him_to_practice._it_demands_as_his_first_proof_of_virtue_that_he_accept_his_own_depravity_without_proof._it_demands_that_he_start_not_with_a_standard_of_value_but_with_a_standard_of_evil_which_is_himself_by_means_of_which_he_is_then_to_define_the_good:_the_good_is_that_which_he_is_not. “death_is_the_standard_of_your_values_death_is_your_chosen_goal_and_you_have_to_keep_running_since_there_is_no_escape_from_the_pursuer_who_is_out_to_destroy_you_or_from_the_knowledge_that_that_pursuer_is_yourself._stop_running_for_once-there_is_no_place_to_run-stand_naked_as_you_dread_to_stand_but_as_i_see_you_and_take_a_look_at_what_you_dared_to_call_a_moral_code. “destruction_is_the_only_end_that_the_mystics’_creed_has_ever_achieved_as_it_is_the_only_end_that_you_see_them_achieving_today_and_if_the_ravages_wrought_by_their_acts_have_not_made_them_question_their_doctrines_if_they_profess_to_be_moved_by_love_yet_are_not_deterred_by_piles_of_human_corpses_it_is_because_the_truth_about_their_souls_is_worse_than_the_obscene_excuse_you_have_allowed_them_the_excuse_that_the_end_justifies_the_means_and_that_the_horrors_they_practice_are_means_to_nobler_ends._the_truth_is_that_those_horrors_are_their_ends. “did_you_want_to_know_who_is_john_galt?_i_am_the_first_man_of_ability_who_refused_to_regard_it_as_guilt._i_am_the_first_man_who_would_not_do_penance_for_my_virtues_or_let_them_be_used_as_the_tools_of_my_destruction._i_am_the_first_man_who_would_not_suffer_martyrdom_at_the_hands_of_those_who_wished_me_to_perish_for_the_privilege_of_keeping_them_alive._i_am_the_first_man_who_told_them_that_i_did_not_need_them_and_until_they_learned_to_deal_with_me_as_traders_giving_value_for_value_they_would_have_to_exist_without_me_as_i_would_exist_without_them;_then_i_would_let_them_learn_whose_is_the_need_and_whose_the_ability-and_if_human_survival_is_the_standard_whose_terms_would_set_the_way_to_survive. “did_you_wonder_what_is_wrong_with_the_world?_you_are_now_seeing_the_climax_of_the_creed_of_the_uncaused_and_unearned._all_your_gangs_of_mystics_of_spirit_or_muscle_are_fighting_one_another_for_power_to_rule_you_snarling_that_love_is_the_solution_for_all_the_problems_of_your_spirit_and_that_a_whip_is_the_solution_for_all_the_problems_of_your_body-you_who_have_agreed_to_have_no_mind._granting_man_less_dignity_than_they_grant_to_cattle_ignoring_what_an_animal_trainer_could_tell_them-that_no_animal_can_be_trained_by_fear_that_a_tortured_elephant_will_trample_its_torturer_but_will_not_work_for_him_or_carry_his_burdens-they_expect_man_to_continue_to_produce_electronic_tubes_supersonic_airplanes_atom-smashing_engines_and_interstellar_telescopes_with_his_ration_of_meat_for_reward_and_a_lash_on_his_back_for_incentive. “discard_that_unlimited_license_to_evil_which_consists_of_claiming_that_man_is_imperfect._by_what_standard_do_you_damn_him_when_you_claim_it?_accept_the_fact_that_in_the_realm_of_morality_nothing_less_than_perfection_will_do._but_perfection_is_not_to_be_gauged_by_mystic_commandments_to_practice_the_impossible_and_your_moral_stature_is_not_to_be_gauged_by_matters_not_open_to_your_choice._man_has_a_single_basic_choice:_to_think_or_not_and_that_is_the_gauge_of_his_virtue._moral_perfection_is_an_unbreached_rationality-not_the_degree_of_your_intelligence_but_the_full_and_relentless_use_of_your_mind_not_the_extent_of_your_knowledge_but_the_acceptance_of_reason_as_an_absolute. “do_not_attempt_to_rise_on_the_looters’_terms_or_to_climb_a_ladder_while_they’re_holding_the_ropes._do_not_allow_their_hands_to_touch_the_only_power_that_keeps_them_in_power:_your_living_ambition._go_on_strike-in_the_manner_i_did._use_your_mind_and_skill_in_private_extend_your_knowledge_develop_your_ability_but_do_not_share_your_achievements_with_others._do_not_try_to_produce_a_fortune_with_a_looter_riding_on_your_back._stay_on_the_lowest_rung_of_their_ladder_earn_no_more_than_your_barest_survival_do_not_make_an_extra_penny_to_support_the_looters’_state._since_you’re_captive_act_as_a_captive_do_not_help_them_pretend_that_you’re_free._be_the_silent_incorruptible_enemy_they_dread._when_they_force_you_obey-but_do_not_volunteer._never_volunteer_a_step_in_their_direction_or_a_wish_or_a_plea_or_a_purpose._do_not_help_a_holdup_man_to_claim_that_he_acts_as_your_friend_and_benefactor._do_not_help_your_jailers_to_pretend_that_their_jail_is_your_natural_state_of_existence._do_not_help_them_to_fake_reality._that_fake_is_the_only_dam_holding_off_their_secret_terror_the_terror_of_knowing_they’re_unfit_to_exist;_remove_it_and_let_them_drown;_your_sanction_is_their_only_life_belt. “do_not_hide_behind_the_cowardly_evasion_that_man_is_born_with_free_will_but_with_a_‘tendency’_to_evil._a_free_will_saddled_with_a_tendency_is_like_a_game_with_loaded_dice._it_forces_man_to_struggle_through_the_effort_of_playing_to_bear_responsibility_and_pay_for_the_game_but_the_decision_is_weighted_in_favor_of_a_tendency_that_he_had_no_power_to_escape._if_the_tendency_is_of_his_choice_he_cannot_possess_it_at_birth;_if_it_is_not_of_his_choice_his_will_is_not_free. “do_not_open_your_mouth_to_tell_me_that_your_mind_has_convinced_you_of_your_right_to_force_my_mind._force_and_mind_are_opposites;_morality_ends_where_a_gun_begins._when_you_declare_that_men_are_irrational_animals_and_propose_to_treat_them_as_such_you_define_thereby_your_own_character_and_can_no_longer_claim_the_sanction_of_reason-as_no_advocate_of_contradictions_can_claim_it._there_can_be_no_‘right’_to_destroy_the_source_of_rights_the_only_means_of_judging_right_and_wrong:_the_mind. “do_not_remind_me_that_it_pertains_only_to_this_life_on_earth._i_am_concerned_with_no_other._neither_are_you. “do_not_say_that_my_morality_is_too_hard_for_you_to_practice_and_that_you_fear_it_as_you_fear_the_unknown._whatever_living_moments_you_have_known_were_lived_by_the_values_of_my_code._but_you_stifled_negated_betrayed_it._you_kept_sacrificing_your_virtues_to_your_vices_and_the_best_among_men_to_the_worst._look_around_you:_what_you_have_done_to_society_you_have_done_it_first_within_your_soul;_one_is_the_image_of_the_other._this_dismal_wreckage_which_is_now_your_world_is_the_physical_form_of_the_treason_you_committed_to_your_values_to_your_friends_to_your_defenders_to_your_future_to_your_country_to_yourself. “do_not_say_that_you’re_afraid_to_trust_your_mind_because_you_know_so_little._are_you_safer_in_surrendering_to_mystics_and_discarding_the_little_that_you_know?_live_and_act_within_the_limit_of_your_knowledge_and_keep_expanding_it_to_the_limit_of_your_life._redeem_your_mind_from_the_hockshops_of_authority._accept_the_fact_that_you_are_not_omniscient_but_playing_a_zombie_will_not_give_you_omniscience-that_your_mind_is_fallible_but_becoming_mindless_will_not_make_you_infallible-that_an_error_made_on_your_own_is_safer_than_ten_truths_accepted_on_faith_because_the_first_leaves_you_the_means_to_correct_it_but_the_second_destroys_your_capacity_to_distinguish_truth_from_error._in_place_of_your_dream_of_an_omniscient_automation_accept_the_fact_that_any_knowledge_man_acquires_is_acquired_by_his_own_will_and_effort_and_that_that_is_his_distinction_in_the_universe_that_is_his_nature_his_morality_his_glory. “do_you_ask_what_moral_obligation_i_owe_to_my_fellow_men?_none-except_the_obligation_i_owe_to_myself_to_material_objects_and_to_all_of_existence:_rationality._i_deal_with_men_as_my_nature_and_their_demands:_by_means_of_reason._i_seek_or_desire_nothing_from_them_except_such_relations_as_they_care_to_enter_of_their_own_voluntary_choice._it_is_only_with_their_mind_that_i_can_deal_and_only_for_my_own_self-interest_when_they_see_that_my_interest_coincides_with_theirs._when_they_don’t_i_enter_no_relationship;_i_let_dissenters_go_their_way_and_i_do_not_swerve_from_mine._i_win_by_means_of_nothing_but_logic_and_i_surrender_to_nothing_but_logic._i_do_not_surrender_my_reason_or_deal_with_men_who_surrender_theirs._i_have_nothing_to_gain_from_fools_or_cowards;_i_have_no_benefits_to_seek_from_human_vices:_from_stupidity_dishonesty_or_fear._the_only_value_men_can_offer_me_is_the_work_of_their_mind._when_i_disagree_with_a_rational_man_i_let_reality_be_our_final_arbiter;_if_i_am_right_he_will_learn;_if_i_am_wrong_i_will;_one_of_us_will_win_but_both_will_profit. “do_you_cry_that_you_find_no_answers?_by_what_means_did_you_hope_to_find_them?_you_reject_your_tool_of_perception-your_mind-then_complain_that_the_universe_is_a_mystery._you_discard_your_key_then_wail_that_all_doors_are_locked_against_you._you_start_out_in_pursuit_of_the_irrational_then_damn_existence_for_making_no_sense. “do_you_observe_what_human_faculty_that’_doctrine_was_designed_to_ignore?_it_was_man’s_mind_that_had_to_be_negated_in_order_to_make_him_fall_apart._once_he_surrendered_reason_he_was_left_at_the_mercy_of_two_monsters_whom_he_could_not_fathom_or_control:_of_a_body_moved_by_unaccountable_instincts_and_of_a_soul_moved_by_mystic_revelations-he_was_left_as_the_passively_ravaged_victim_of_a_battle_between_a_robot_and_a_dictaphone. “do_you_say_it_is_the_spirit_that_such_men_have_renounced?_yes_of_course._you_cannot_have_one_without_the_other._you_are_an_indivisible_entity_of_matter_and_consciousness._renounce_your_consciousness_and_you_become_a_brute._renounce_your_body_and_you_become_a_fake._renounce_the_material_world_and_you_surrender_it_to_evil. “do_you_think_they_are_taking_you_back_to_dark_ages?_they_are_taking_you_back_to_darker_ages_than_any_your_history_has_known._their_goal_is_not_the_era_of_pre-science_but_the_era_of_pre-language._their_purpose_is_to_deprive_you_of_the_concept_on_which_man’s_mind_his_life_and_his_culture_depend:_the_concept_of_an_objective_reality._identify_the_development_of_a_human_consciousness-and_you_will_know_the_purpose_of_their_creed. “do_you_wonder_why_you_live_without_dignity_love_without_fire_and_die_without_resistance?_do_you_wonder_why_wherever_you_look_you_see_nothing_but_unanswerable_questions_why_your_life_is_tom_by_impossible_conflicts_why_you_spend_it_straddling_irrational_fences_to_evade_artificial_choices_such_as_soul_or_body_mind_or_heart_security_or_freedom_private_profit_or_public_good? “dropping_below_the_level_of_a_savage_who_believes_that_the_magic_words_he_utters_have_the_power_to_alter_reality_they_believe_that_reality_can_be_altered_by_the_power_of_the_words_they_do_not_utter-and_their_magic_tool_is_the_blank-out_the_pretense_that_nothing_can_come_into_existence_past_the_voodoo_of_their_refusal_to_identify_it. “every_act_of_man’s_life_has_to_be_willed;_the_mere_act_of_obtaining_or_eating_his_food_implies_that_the_person_he_preserves_is_worthy_of_being_preserved;_every_pleasure_he_seeks_to_enjoy_implies_that_the_person_who_seeks_it_is_worthy_of_finding_enjoyment._he_has_no_choice_about_his_need_of_self-esteem_his_only_choice_is_the_standard_by_which_to_gauge_it._and_he_makes_his_fatal_error_when_he_switches_this_gauge_protecting_his_life_into_the_service_of_his_own_destruction_when_he_chooses_a_standard_contradicting_existence_and_sets_his_self-esteem_against_reality. “every_dictator_is_a_mystic_and_every_mystic_is_a_potential_dictator._a_mystic_craves_obedience_from_men_not_their_agreement._he_wants_them_to_surrender_their_consciousness_to_his_assertions_his_edicts_his_wishes_his_whims-as_his_consciousness_is_surrendered_to_theirs._he_wants_to_deal_with_men_by_means_of_faith_and_force-he_finds_no_satisfaction_in_their_consent_if_he_must_earn_it_by_means_of_facts_and_reason._reason_is_the_enemy_he_dreads_and_simultaneously_considers_precarious:_reason_to_him_is_a_means_of_deception_he_feels_that_men_possess_some_power_more_potent_than_reason-and_only_their_causeless_belief_or_their_forced_obedience_can_give_him_a_sense_of_security_a_proof_that_he_has_gained_control_of_the_mystic_endowment_he_lacked._his_lust_is_to_command_not_to_convince:_conviction_requires_an_act_of_independence_and_press_on_the_absolute_of_an_objective_reality._what_he_seeks_is_power_over_reality_and_over_men’s_means_of_perceiving_it_their_mind_the_power_to_interpose_his_will_between_existence_and_consciousness_as_if_by_agreeing_to_fake_the_reality_he_orders_them_to_fake_men_would_in_fact_create_it. “every_form_of_causeless_self-doubt_every_feeling_of_inferiority_and_secret_unworthiness_is_in_fact_man’s_hidden_dread_of_his_inability_to_deal_with_existence._but_the_greater_his_terror_the_more_fiercely_he_clings_to_the_murderous_doctrines_that_choke_him._no_man_can_survive_the_moment_of_pronouncing_himself_irredeemably_evil;_should_he_do_it_his_next_moment_is_insanity_or_suicide._to_escape_it-if_he’s_chosen_an_irrational_standard-he_will_fake_evade_blank_out;_he_will_cheat_himself_of_reality_of_existence_of_happiness_of_mind;_and_he_will_ultimately_cheat_himself_of_self-esteem_by_struggling_to_preserve_its_illusion_rather_than_to_risk_discovering_its_lack._to_fear_to_face_an_issue_is_to_believe_that_the_worst_is_true. “every_man_is_free_to_rise_as_far_as_he’s_able_or_willing_but_it’s_only_the_degree_to_which_he_thinks_that_determines_the_degree_to_which_he’ll_rise._physical_labor_as_such_can_extend_no_further_than_the_range_of_the_moment._the_man_who_does_no_more_than_physical_labor_consumes_the_material_value-equivalent_of_his_own_contribution_to_the_process_of_production_and_leaves_no_further_value_neither_for_himself_nor_others._but_the_man_who_produces_an_idea_in_any_field_of_rational_endeavor-the_man_who_discovers_new_knowledge-is_the_permanent_benefactor_of_humanity._material_products_can’t_be_shared_they_belong_to_some_ultimate_consumer;_it_is_only_the_value_of_an_idea_that_can_be_shared_with_unlimited_numbers_of_men_making_all_sharers_richer_at_no_one’s_sacrifice_or_loss_raising_the_productive_capacity_of_whatever_labor_they_perform._it_is_the_value_of_his_own_time_that_the_strong_of_the_intellect_transfers_to_the_weak_letting_them_work_on_the_jobs_he_discovered_while_devoting_his_time_to_further_discoveries._this_is_mutual_trade_to_mutual_advantage;_the_interests_of_the_mind_are_one_no_matter_what_the_degree_of_intelligence_among_men_who_desire_to_work_and_don’t_seek_or_expect_the_unearned. “existence_exists-and_the_act_of_grasping_that_statement_implies_two_corollary_axioms:_that_something_exists_which_one_perceives_and_that_one_exists_possessing_consciousness_consciousness_being_the_faculty_of_perceiving_that_which_exists. “for_centuries_the_battle_of_morality_was_fought_between_those_who_claimed_that_your_life_belongs_to_god_and_those_who_claimed_that_it_belongs_to_your_neighbors-between_those_who_preached_that_the_good_is_self-sacrifice_for_the_sake_of_ghosts_in_heaven_and_those_who_preached_that_the_good_is_self-sacrifice_for_the_sake_of_incompetents_on_earth._and_no_one_came_to_say_that_your_life_belongs_to_you_and_that_the_good_is_to_live_it. “for_centuries_the_mystics_of_spirit_had_existed_by_running_a_protection_racket-by_making_life_on_earth_unbearable_then_charging_you_for_consolation_and_relief_by_forbidding_all_the_virtues_that_make_existence_possible_then_riding_on_the_shoulders_of_your_guilt_by_declaring_production_and_joy_to_be_sins_then_collecting_blackmail_from_the_sinners._we_the_men_of_the_mind_were_the_unnamed_victims_of_their_creed_we_who_were_willing_to_break_their_moral_code_and_to_bear_damnation_for_the_sin_of_reason-we_who_thought_and_acted_while_they_wished_and_prayed-we_who_were_moral_outcasts_we_who_were_bootleggers_of_life_when_life_was_held_to_be_a_crime-while_they_basked_in_moral_glory_for_the_virtue_of_surpassing_material_greed_and_of_distributing_in_selfless_charity_the_material_goods_produced_by-blank-out. “for_centuries_the_mystics_of_spirit_have_proclaimed_that_faith_is_superior_to_reason_but_have_not_dared_deny_the_existence_of_reason._their_heirs_and_products_the_mystics_of_muscle_have_completed_their_job_and_achieved_their_dream:_they_proclaim_that_everything_is_faith_and_call_it_a_revolt_against_believing._as_revolt_against_unproved_assertions_they_proclaim_that_nothing_can_be_proved;_as_revolt_against_supernatural_knowledge_they_proclaim_that_no_knowledge_is_possible;_as-revolt_against_the_enemies_of_science_they_proclaim_that_science_is_superstition;_as_revolt_against_the_enslavement_of_the_mind_they_proclaim_that_there_is_no_mind. “for_those_of_you_who_might_ask_questions_your_code_provides_a_consolation_prize_and_booby-trap:_it_is_for_your_own_happiness_it_says_that_you_must_serve_the_happiness_of_others_the_only_way_to_achieve_your_joy_is_to_give_it_up_to_others_the_only_way_to_achieve_your_prosperity_is_to_surrender_your_wealth_to_others_the_only_way_to_protect_your_life_is_to_protect_all_men_except_yourself-and_if_you_find_no_joy_in_this_procedure_it_is_your_own_fault_and_the_proof_of_your_evil;_if_you_were_good_you_would_find_your_happiness_in_providing_a_banquet_for_others_and_your_dignity_in_existing_on_such_crumbs_as_they_might_care_to_toss_you. “from_the_rites_of_the_jungle_witch-doctors_which_distorted_reality_into_grotesque_absurdities_stunted_the_minds_of_their_victims_and_kept_them_in_terror_of_the_supernatural_for_stagnant_stretches_of_centuries-to_the_supernatural_doctrines_of_the_middle_ages_which_kept_men_huddling_on_the_mud_floors_of_their-hovels_in_terror_that_the_devil_might_steal_the_soup_they_had_worked_eighteen_hours_to_earn-to_the_seedy_little_smiling_professor_who_assures_you_that_your_brain_has_no_capacity_to_think_that_you_have_no_means_of_perception_and_must_blindly_obey_the_omnipotent_will_of_that_supernatural_force:_society-all_of_it_is_the_same_performance_for_the_same_and_only_purpose:_to_reduce_you_to_the_kind_of_pulp_that_has_surrendered_the_validity_of_its_consciousness. “from_then_on_afraid_to_think_he_is_left_at_the_mercy_of_unidentified_feelings._his_feelings_become_his_only_guide_his_only_remnant_of_personal_identity_he_clings_to_them_with_ferocious_possessiveness-and_whatever_thinking_he_does_is_devoted_to_the_struggle_of_hiding_from_himself_that_the_nature_of_his_feelings_is_terror. “happiness_is_not_to_be_achieved_at_the_command_of_emotional_whims._happiness_is_not_the_satisfaction_of_whatever_irrational_wishes_you_might_blindly_attempt_to_indulge._happiness_is_a_state_of_non-contradictory_joy-a_joy_without_penalty_or_guilt_a_joy_that_does_not_clash_with_any_of_your_values_and_does_not_work_for_your_own_destruction_not_the_joy_of_escaping_from_your_mind_but_of_using_your_mind’s_fullest_power_not_the_joy_of_faking_reality_but_of_achieving_values_that_are_real_not_the_joy_of_a_drunkard_but_of_a_producer._happiness_is_possible_only_to_a_rational_man_the_man_who_desires_nothing_but_rational_goals_seeks_nothing_but_rational_values_and_finds_his_joy_in_nothing_but_rational_actions. “happiness_is_the_successful_state_of_life_pain_is_an_agent_of_death._happiness_is_that_state_of_consciousness_which_proceeds_from_the_achievement_of_one’s_values._a_morality_that_dares_to_tell_you_to_find_happiness_in_the_renunciation_of_your_happiness-to_value_the_failure_of_your_values-is_an_insolent_negation_of_morality._a_doctrine_that_gives_you_as_an_ideal_the_role_of_a_sacrificial_animal_seeking_slaughter_on_the_altars_of_others_is_giving_you_death_as_your_standard._by_the_grace_of_reality_and_the_nature_of_life_man-every_man-is_an_end_in_himself_he_exists_for_his_own_sake_and_the_achievement_of_his_own_happiness_is_his_highest_moral_purpose. “his_is_the_intellectual_state_of_your_modern_teachers_and_his_is_the_world_to_which_they_want_to_bring_you. “honesty_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_the_unreal_is_unreal_and_can_have_no_value_that_neither_love_nor_fame_nor_cash_is_a_value_if_obtained_by_fraud-that_an_attempt_to_gain_a_value_by_deceiving_the_mind_of_others_is_an_act_of_raising_your_victims_to_a_position_higher_than_reality_where_you_become_a_pawn_of_their_blindness_a_slave_of_their_non-thinking_and_their_evasions_while_their_intelligence_their_rationality_their_perceptiveness_become_the_enemies_you_have_to_dread_and_flee-that_you_do_not_care_to_live_as_a_dependent_least_of_all_a_dependent_on_the_stupidity_of_others_or_as_a_fool_whose_source_of_values_is_the_fools_he_succeeds_in_fooling-that_honesty_is_not_a_social_duty_not_a_sacrifice_for_the_sake_of_others_but_the_most_profoundly_selfish_virtue_man_can_practice:_his_refusal_to_sacrifice_the_reality_of_his_own_existence_to_the_deluded_consciousness_of_others. “i_am_speaking_to_those_who_desire_to_live_and_to_recapture_the_honor_of_their_soul._now_that_you_know_the_truth_about_your_world_stop_supporting_your_own_destroyers._the_evil_of_the_world_is_made_possible_by_nothing_but_the_sanction_to_give_it._withdraw_your_sanction._withdraw_your_support._do_not_try_to_live_on_your_enemies’_terms_or_to_win_at_a_game_where_they’re_setting_the_rules._do_not_seek_the_favor_of_those_who_enslaved_you_do_not_beg_for_alms_from_those_who_have_robbed_you_be_it_subsidies_loans_or_jobs_do_not_join_their_team_to_recoup_what_they’ve_taken_by_helping_them_rob_your_neighbors._one_cannot_hope_to_maintain_one’s_life_by_accepting_bribes_to_condone_one’s_destruction._do_not_straggle_for_profit_success_or_security_at_the_price_of_a_lien_on_your_right_to_exist._such_a_lien_is_not_to_be_paid_off;_the_more_you_pay_them_the_more_they_will_demand;_the_greater_the_values_you_seek_or_achieve_the_more_vulnerably_helpless_you_become._theirs_is_a_system_of_white_blackmail_devised_to_bleed_you_not_by_means_of_your_sins_but_by_means_of_your_love_for_existence. “i_am_the_man_whose_existence_your_blank-outs_were_intended_to_permit_you_to_ignore._i_am_the_man_whom_you_did_not_want_either_to_live_or_to_die._you_did_not_want_me_to_live_because_you_were_afraid_of_knowing_that_i_carried_the_responsibility_you_dropped_and_that_your_lives_depended_upon_me;_you_did_not_want_me_to_die_because_you_knew_it. “i_have_called_out_on_strike_the_kind_of_martyrs_who_had_never_deserted_you_before._i_have_given_them_the_weapon_they_had_lacked:_the_knowledge_of_their_own_moral_value._i_have_taught_them_that_the_world_is_ours_whenever_we_choose_to_claim_it_by_virtue_and_grace_of_the_fact_that_ours_is_the_morality_of_life._they_the_great_victims_who_had_produced_all_the_wonders_of_humanity’s_brief_summer_they_the_industrialists_the_conquerors_of_matter_had_not_discovered_the_nature_of_their_right._they_had_known_that_theirs_was_the_power._i_taught_them_that_theirs_was_the_glory. “i_have_done_by_plan_and_intention_what_has_been_done_throughout_history_by_silent_default._there_have_always_been_men_of_intelligence_who_went_on_strike_in_protest_and_despair_but_they_did_not_know_the_meaning_of_their_action._the_man_who_retires_from_public_life_to_think_but_not_to_share_his_thoughts-the_man_who_chooses_to_spend_his_years_in_the_obscurity_of_menial_employment_keeping_to_himself_the_fire_of_his_mind_never_giving_it_form_expression_or_reality_refusing_to_bring_it_into_a_world_he_despises-the_man_who_is_defeated_by_revulsion_the_man_who_renounces_before_he_has_started_the_man_who_gives_up_rather_than_give_in_the_man_who_functions_at_a_fraction_of_his_capacity_disarmed_by_his_longing_for_an_ideal_he_has_not_found-they_are_on_strike_on_strike_against_unreason_on_strike_against_your_world_and_your_values._but_not_knowing_any_values_of_their_own_they_abandon_the_quest_to_know-in_the_darkness_of_their_hopeless_indignation_which_is_righteous_without_knowledge_of_the_fight_and_passionate_without_knowledge_of_desire_they_concede_to_you_the_power_of_reality_and_surrender_the_incentives_of_their_mind-and_they_perish_in_bitter_futility_as_rebels_who_never_learned_the_object_of_their_rebellion_as_lovers_who_never_discovered_their_love. “i_quit_that_factory._i_quit_your_world_i_made_it_my_job_to_warn_your_victims_and_to_give_them_the_method_and_the_weapon_to_fight_you._the_method_was_to_refuse_to_deflect_retribution._the_weapon_was_justice. “i_swear-by_my_life_and_my_love_of_it-that_i_will_never_live_for_the_sake_of_another_man_nor_ask_another_man_to_live_for_mine. “i_who_do_not_accept_the_unearned_neither_in_values_nor_in_guilt_am_here_to_ask_the_questions_you_evaded._why_is_it_moral_to_serve_the_happiness_of_others_but_not_your_own?_if_enjoyment_is_a_value_why_is_it_moral_when_experienced_by_others_but_immoral_when_experienced_by_you?_if_the_sensation_of_eating_a_cake_is_a_value_why_is_it_an_immoral_indulgence_in_your_stomach_but_a_moral_goal_for_you_to_achieve_in_the_stomach_of_others?_why_is_it_immoral_for_you_to_desire_but_moral_for_others_to_do_so?_why_is_it_immoral_to_produce_a_value_and_keep_it_but_moral_to_give_it_away?_and_if_it_is_not_moral_for_you_to_keep_a_value_why_is_it_moral_for_others_to_accept_it?_if_you_are_selfless_and_virtuous_when_you_give_it_are_they_not_selfish_and_vicious_when_they_take_it?_does_virtue_consist_of_serving_vice?_is_the_moral_purpose_of_those_who_are_good_self-immolation_for_the_sake_of_those_who_are_evil? “if_i_were_to_speak_your_kind_of_language_i_would_say_that_man’s_only_moral_commandment_is:_thou_shalt_think._but_a_‘moral_commandment’_is_a_contradiction_in_terms._the_moral_is_the_chosen_not_the_forced;_the_understood_not_the_obeyed._the_moral_is_the_rational_and_reason_accepts_no_commandments. “if_nothing_exists_there_can_be_no_consciousness:_a_consciousness_with_nothing_to_be_conscious_of_is_a_contradiction_in_terms._a_consciousness_conscious_of_nothing_but_itself_is_a_contradiction_in_terms:_before_it_could_identify_itself_as_consciousness_it_had_to_be_conscious_of_something._if_that_which_you_claim_to_perceive_does_not_exist_what_you_possess_is_not_consciousness. “if_there_are_degrees_of_evil_it_is_hard_to_say_who_is_the_more_contemptible:_the_brute_who_assumes_the_right_to_force_the_mind_of_others_or_the_moral_degenerate_who_grants_to_others_the_right_to_force_his_mind._that_is_the_moral_absolute_one_does_not_leave_open_to_debate._i_do_not_grant_the_terms_of_reason_to_men_who_propose_to_deprive_me_of_reason._i_do_not_enter_discussions_with_neighbors_who_think_they_can_forbid_me_to_think._i_do_not_place_my_moral_sanction_upon_a_murderer’s_wish_to_kill_me._when_a_man_attempts_to_deal_with_me_by_force_i_answer_him-by_force. “if_you_doubt_that_such_is_their_purpose_observe_with_what_passionate_consistency_the_mystics_of_muscle_are_striving_to_make_you_forget_that_a_concept_such_as_‘mind’_has_ever_existed._observe_the_twists_of_undefined_verbiage_the_words_with_rubber_meanings_the_terms_left_floating_in_midstream_by_means_of_which_they_try_to_get_around_the_recognition_of_the_concept_of_‘thinking.’_your_consciousness_they_tell_you_consists_of_‘reflexes’_‘reactions’_‘experiences’_‘urges’_and_‘drives’-and_refuse_to_identify_the_means_by_which_they_acquired_that_knowledge_to_identify_the_act_they_are_performing_when_they_tell_it_or_the_act_you_are_performing_when_you_listen._words_have_the_power_to_‘consider’_you_they_say_and_refuse_to_identify_the_reason_why_words_have_the_power_to_change_your-blank-out._a_student_reading_a_book_understands_it_through_a_process_of-blank-out._a_scientist_working_on_an_invention_is_engaged_in_the_activity_of-blank-out._a_psychologist_helping_a_neurotic_to_solve_a_problem_and_untangle_a_conflict_does_it_by_means_of-blank-out._an_industrialist-blank-out-there_is_no_such_person._a_factory_is_a_‘natural_resource’_like_a_tree_a_rock_or_a_mud_puddle. “if_you_exchange_a_penny_for_a_dollar_it_is_not_a_sacrifice;_if_you_exchange_a_dollar_for_a_penny_it_is._if_you_achieve_the_career_you_wanted_after_years_of_struggle_it_is_not_a_sacrifice;_if_you_then_renounce_it_for_the_sake_of_a_rival_it_is._if_you_own_a_bottle_of_milk_and_gave_it_to_your_starving_child_it_is_not_a_sacrifice;_if_you_give_it_to_your_neighbor’s_child_and_let_your_own_die_it_is. “if_you_find_a_chance_to_vanish_into_some_wilderness_out_of_their_reach_do_so_but_not_to_exist_as_a_bandit_or_to_create_a_gang_competing_with_their_racket;_build_a_productive_life_of_your_own_with_those_who_accept_your_moral_code_and_are_willing_to_struggle_for_a_human_existence._you_have_no_chance_to_win_on_the_morality_of_death_or_by_the_code_of_faith_and_force;_raise_a_standard_to_which_the_honest_will_repair:_the_standard_of_life_and_reason. “if_you_give_money_to_help_a_friend_it_is_not_a_sacrifice;_if_you_give_it_to_a_worthless_stranger_it_is._if_you_give_your_friend_a_sum_you_can_afford_it_is_not_a_sacrifice;_if_you_give_him_money_at_the_cost_of_your_own_discomfort_it_is_only_a_partial_virtue_according_to_this_sort_of_moral_standard;_if_you_give_him_money_at_the_cost_of_disaster_to_yourself_that_is_the_virtue_of_sacrifice_in_full. “if_you_heal_your_pain_by_your_own_effort_you_receive_no_moral_credit:_your_code_regards_it_scornfully_as_an_act_of_self-interest._whatever_value_you_seek_to_acquire_be_it_wealth_or_food_or_love_or_rights_if_you_acquire_it_by_means_of_your_virtue_your_code_does_not_regard_it_as_a_moral_acquisition:_you_occasion_no_loss_to_anyone_it_is_a_trade_not_alms;_a_payment_not_a_sacrifice._the_deserved_belongs_in_the_selfish_commercial_realm_of_mutual_profit;_it_is_only_the_undeserved_that_calls_for_that_moral_transaction_which_consists_of_profit_to_one_at_the_price_of_disaster_to_the_other._to_demand_rewards_for_your_virtue_is_selfish_and_immoral;_it_is_your_lack_of_virtue_that_transforms_your_demand_into_a_moral_right. “if_you_hold_the_irrational_as_your_standard_of_value_and_the_impossible_as_your_concept_of_the_good_if_you_long_for_rewards_you_have_not_earned_for_a_fortune_or_a_love_you_don’t_deserve_for_a_loophole_in_the_law_of_causality_for_an_a_that_becomes_non-a_at_your_whim_if_you_desire_the_opposite_of_existence-you_will_reach_it._do_not_cry_when_you_reach_it_that_life_is_frustration_and_that_happiness_is_impossible_to_man;_check_your_fuel:_it_brought_you_where_you_wanted_to_go. “if_you_identify_your_actual_belief_you_will_find_a_triple_damnation-of_yourself_of_life_of_virtue-in_the_grotesque_conclusion_you_have_reached:_you_believe_that_morality_is_a_necessary_evil. “if_you_renounce_all_personal_desire_and_dedicate_your_life_to_those_you_love_you_do_not_achieve_full_virtue:_you_still_retain_a_value_of_your_own_which_is_your_love._if_you_devote_your_life_to_random_strangers_it_is_an_act_of_greater_virtue._if_you_devote_your_life_to_serving_men_you_hate-that_is_the_greatest_of_the_virtues_you_can_practice. “if_you_search_your_code_for_guidance_for_an_answer_to_the_question:_‘what_is_the_good?’-the_only_answer_you_will_find_is_‘the_good_of_others.’_the_good_is_whatever_others_wish_whatever_you_feel_they_feel_they_wish_or_whatever_you_feel_they_ought_to_feel._‘the_good_of_others’_is_a_magic_formula_that_transforms_anything_into_gold_a_formula_to_be_recited_as_a_guarantee_of_moral_glory_and_as_a_fumigator_for_any_action_even_the_slaughter_of_a_continent._your_standard_of_virtue_is_not_an_object_not_an_act_not_a_principle_but_an_intention._you_need_no_proof_no_reasons_no_success_you_need_not_achieve_in_fact_the_good_of_others-all_you_need_to_know_is_that_your_motive_was_the_good_of_others_not_your_own._your_only_definition_of_the_good_is_a_negation:_the_good_is_the_‘non-good_for_me.’ “if_you_start_however_as_a_passionless_blank_as_a_vegetable_seeking_to_be_eaten_with_no_values_to_reject_and_no_wishes_to_renounce_you_will_not_win_the_crown_of_sacrifice._it_is_not_a_sacrifice_to_renounce_the_unwanted._it_is_not_a_sacrifice._it_is_not_a_sacrifice_to_give_your_life_for_others_if_death_is_your_personal_desire._to_achieve_the_virtue_of_sacrifice_you_must_want_to_live_you_must_love_it_you_must_burn_with_passion_for_this_earth_and_for_all_the_splendor_it_can_give_you-you_must_feel_the_twist_of_every_knife_as_it_slashes_your_desires_away_from_your_reach_and_drains_your_love_out_of_your_body_it_is_not_mere_death_that_the_morality_of_sacrifice_holds_out_to_you_as_an_ideal_but_death_by_slow_torture. “if_you_succeed_any_man_who_fails_is_your_master;_if_you_fail_any_man_who_succeeds_is_your_serf._whether_your_failure_is_just_or_not_whether_your_wishes_are_rational_or_not_whether_your_misfortune_is_undeserved_or_the_result_of_your_vices_it_is_misfortune_that_gives_you_a_right_to_rewards._it_is_pain_regardless_of_its_nature_or_cause_pain_as_a_primary_absolute_that_gives_you_a_mortgage_on_all_of_existence. “if_you_surrender_your_power_to_perceive_if_you_accept_the_switch_of_your_standard_from_the_objective_to_the_collective_and_wait_for_mankind_to_tell_you_what_to_think_you_will_find_another_switch_taking_place_before_the_eyes_you_have_renounced:_you_will_find_that_your_teachers_become_the_rulers_of_the_collective_and_if_you_then_refuse_to_obey_them_protesting_that_they_are_not_the_whole_of_mankind_they_will_answer:_‘by_what_means_do_you_know_that_we_are_not?_are_brother?_where_did_you_get_that_old-fashioned_term?’ “if_you_want_to_know_what_you_lost_when_i_quit_and_when_my_strikers_deserted_your_world-stand_on_an_empty_stretch_of_soil_in_a_wilderness_unexplored_by_men_and_ask_yourself_what_manner_of_survival_you_would_achieve_and_how_long_you_would_last_if_you_refused_to_think_with_no_one_around_to_teach_you_the_motions_or_if_you_chose_to_think_how_much_your_mind_would_be_able_to_discover-ask_yourself_how_many_independent_conclusions_you_have_reached_in_the_course_of_your_life_and_how_much_of_your_time_was_spent_on_performing_the_actions_you_learned_from_others-ask_yourself_whether_you_would_be_able_to_discover_how_to_till_the_soil_and_grow_your_food_whether_you_would_be_able_to_invent_a_wheel_a_lever_an_induction_coil_a_generator_an_electronic_tube-then_decide_whether_men_of_ability_are_exploiters_who_live_by_the_fruit_of_your_labor_and_rob_you_of_the_wealth_that_you_produce_and_whether_you_dare_to_believe_that_you_possess_the_power_to_enslave_them._let_your_women_take_a_look_at_a_jungle_female_with_her_shriveled_face_and_pendulous_breasts_as_she_sits_grinding_meal_in_a_bowl_hour_after_hour_century_by_century-then_let_them_ask_themselves_whether_their_‘instinct_of_tool-making’_will_provide_them_with_their_electric_refrigerators_their_washing_machines_and_vacuum_cleaners_and_if_not_whether_they_care_to_destroy_those_who_provided_it_all_but_not_‘by_instinct.’ “if_you_wish_to_know_how_i_have_done_it_and_what_i_told_them_to_make_them_quit_you_are_hearing_it_now._i_told_them_in_essence_the_statement_i_am_making_tonight._they_were_men_who_had_lived_by_my_code_but_had_not_known_how_great_a_virtue_it_represented._i_made_them_see_it._i_brought_them_not_a_re-evaluation_but_only_an_identification_of_their_values. “if_you_wish_to_save_the_last_of_your_dignity_do_not_call_your_best_actions_a_‘sacrifice’:_that_term_brands_you_as_immoral._if_a_mother_buys_food_for_her_hungry_child_rather_than_a_hat_for_herself_it_is_not_a_sacrifice:_she_values_the_child_higher_than_the_hat;_but_it_is_a_sacrifice_to_the_kind_of_mother_whose_higher_value_is_the_hat_who_would_prefer_her_child_to_starve_and_feeds_him_only_from_a_sense_of_duty._if_a_man_dies_fighting_for_his_own_freedom_it_is_not_a_sacrifice:_he_is_not_willing_to_live_as_a_slave;_but_it_is_a_sacrifice_to_the_kind_of_man_who’s_willing._if_a_man_refuses_to_sell_his_convictions_it_is_not_a_sacrifice_unless_he_is_the_sort_of_man_who_has_no_convictions. “if_you_wonder_by_what_means_they_propose_to_do_it_walk_into_any_college_classroom_and_you_will_hear_your_professors_teaching_your_children_that_man_can_be_certain_of_nothing_that_his_consciousness_has_no_validity_whatever_that_he_can_learn_no_facts_and_no_laws_of_existence_that_he’s_incapable_of_knowing_an_objective_reality._what_then_is_his_standard_of_knowledge_and_truth?_whatever_others_believe_is_their_answer._there_is_no_knowledge_they_teach_there’s_only_faith:_your_belief_that_you_exist_is_an_act_of_faith_no_more_valid_than_another’s_faith_in_his_right_to_kill_you;_the_axioms_of_science_are_an_act_of_faith_no_more_valid_than_a_mystic’s_faith_in_revelations;_the_belief_that_electric_light_can_be_produced_by_‘a_generator_is_an_act_of_faith_no_more_valid_than_the_belief_that_it_can_be_produced_by_a_rabbit’s_foot_kissed_under_a_stepladder_on_the_first_of_the_moon-truth_is_whatever_people_want_it_to_be_and_people_are_everyone_except_yourself;_reality_is_whatever_people_choose_to_say_it_is_there_are_no_objective_facts_there_are_only_people’s_arbitrary_wishes-a_man_who_seeks_knowledge_in_a_laboratory_by_means_of_test_tubes_and_logic_is_an_old-fashioned_superstitious_fool;_a_true_scientist_is_a_man_who_goes_around_taking_public_polls-and_if_it_weren’t_for_the_selfish_greed_of_the_manufacturers_of_steel_girders_who_have_a_vested_interest_in_obstructing_the_progress_of_science_you_would_learn_that_new_york_city_does_not_exist_because_a_poll_of_the_entire_population_of_the_world_would_tell_you_by_a_landslide_majority_that_their_beliefs_forbid_its_existence. “in_order_to_deprive_us_of_honor_that_you_may_then_deprive_us_of_our_wealth_you_have_always_regarded_us_as_slaves_who_deserve_no_moral_recognition._you_praise_any_venture_that_claims_to_be_non-profit_and_damn_the_men_who_made_the_profits_that_make_the_venture_possible._you_regard_as_‘in_the_public_interest’_any_project_serving_those_who_do_not_pay;_it_is_not_in_the_public_interest_to_provide_any_services_for_those_who_do_the_paying._‘public_benefit’_is_anything_given_as_alms;_to_engage_in_trade_is_to_injure_the_public._‘public_welfare’_is_the_welfare_of_those_who_do_not_earn_it;_those_who_do_are_entitled_to_no_welfare._‘the_public’_to_you_is_whoever_has_failed_to_achieve_any_virtue_or_value;_whoever_achieves_it_whoever_provides_the_goods_you_require_for_survival_ceases_to_be_regarded_as_part_of_the_public_or_as_part_of_the_human_race. “in_proportion_to_the_mental_energy_he_spent_the_man_who_creates_a_new_invention_receives_but_a_small_percentage_of_his_value_in_terms_of_material_payment_no_matter_what_fortune_he_makes_no_matter_what_millions_he_earns._but_the_man_who_works_as_a_janitor_in_the_factory_producing_that_invention_receives_an_enormous_payment_in_proportion_to_the_mental_effort_that_his_job_requires_of_him._and_the_same_is_true_of_all_men_between_on_all_levels_of_ambition_and_ability._the_man_at_the_top_of_the_intellectual_pyramid_contributes_the_most_to_all_those_below_him_but_gets_nothing_except_his_material_payment_receiving_no_intellectual_bonus_from_others_to_add_to_the_value_of_his_time._the_man_at_the_bottom_who_left_to_himself_would_starve_in_his_hopeless_ineptitude_contributes_nothing_to_those_above_him_but_receives_the_bonus_of_all_of_their_brains._such_is_the_nature_of_the_‘competition’_between_the_strong_and_the_weak_of_the_intellect._such_is_the_pattern_of_‘exploitation’_for_which_you_have_damned_the_strong. “in_that_world_you’ll_be_able_to_rise_in_the_morning_with_the_spirit_you_have_known_in_your_childhood:_that_spirit_of_eagerness_adventure_and_certainty_which_comes_from_dealing_with_a_rational_universe._no_child_is_afraid_of_nature;_it_is_your_fear_of_men_that_will_vanish_the_fear_that_has_stunted_your_soul_the_fear_you_acquired_in_your_early_encounters_with_the_incomprehensible_the_unpredictable_the_contradictory_the_arbitrary_the_hidden_the_faked_the_irrational_in_men._you_will_live_in_a_world_of_responsible_beings_who_will_be_as_consistent_and_reliable_as_facts;_the_guarantee_of_their_character_will_be_a_system_of_existence_where_objective_reality_is_the_standard_of_the_judge._your_virtues_will_be_given_protection_your_vices_and_weaknesses_will_not._every_chance_will_be_open_to_your_good_none_will_be_provided_for_your_evil._what_you’ll_receive_from_men_will_not_be_alms_or_pity_or_mercy_or_forgiveness_of_sins_but_a_single_value:_justice._and_when_you’ll_look_at_men_or_at_yourself_you_will_feel_not_disgust_suspicion_and_guilt_but_a_single_constant:_respect. “in_the_name_of_all_the_producers_who_had_kept_you_alive_and_received_your_death_ultimatums_in_payment_i_now_answer_you_with_a_single_ultimatum_of_our_own:_our_work_or_your_guns._you_can_choose_either;_you_can’t_have_both._we_do_not_initiate_the_use_of_force_against_others_or_submit_to_force_at_their_hands._if_you_desire_ever_again_to_live_in_an_industrial_society_it_will_be_on_our_moral_terms._our_terms_and_our_motive_power_are_the_antithesis_of_yours._you_have_been_using_fear_as_your_weapon_and_have_been_bringing_death_to_man_as_his_punishment_for_rejecting_your_morality._we_offer_him_life_as_his_reward_for_accepting_ours. “in_the_name_of_the_best_within_you_do_not_sacrifice_this_word_to_those_who_are_its_worst._in_the_name_of_the_values_that_keep_you_alive_do_not_let_your_vision_of_man_be_distorted_by_the_ugly_the_cowardly_the_mindless_in_those_who_have_never_achieved_his_title._do_not_lose_your_knowledge_that_man’s_proper_estate_is_an_upright_posture_an_intransigent_mind_and_a_step_that_travels_unlimited_roads._do_not_let_your_fire_go_out_spark_by_irreplaceable_spark_in_the_hopeless_swamps_of_the_approximate_the_not-quite_the_not-yet_the_not-at-all._do_not_let_the_hero_in_your_soul_perish_in_lonely_frustration_for_the_life_you_deserved_but_have_never_been_able_to_reach._check_your_road_and_the_nature_of_your_battle._the_world_you_desired_can_be_won_it_exists_it_is_real_it_is_possible_it’s_yours. “independence_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_yours_is_the_responsibility_of_judgment_and_nothing_can_help_you_escape_it-that_no_substitute_can_do_your_thinking_as_no_pinch-hitter_can_live_your_life-that_the_vilest_form_of_self-abasement_and_self-destruction_is_the_subordination_of_your_mind_to_the_mind_of_another_the_acceptance_of_an_authority_over_your_brain_the_acceptance_of_his_assertions_as_facts_his_say-so_as_truth_his_edicts_as_middle-man_between_your_consciousness_and_your_existence. “integrity_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_you_cannot_fake_your_consciousness_just_as_honesty_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_you_cannot_fake_existence-that_man_is_an_indivisible_entity_an_integrated_unit_of_two_attributes:_of_matter_and_consciousness_and_that_he_may_permit_no_breach_between_body_and_mind_between_action_and_thought_between_his_life_and_his_convictions-that_like_a_judge_impervious_to_public_opinion_he_may_not_sacrifice_his_convictions_to_the_wishes_of_others_be_it_the_whole_of_mankind_shouting_pleas_or_threats_against_him-that_courage_and_confidence_are_practical_necessities_that_courage_is_the_practical_form_of_being_true_to_existence_of_being_true_to_one’s_own_consciousness. “it_does_not_matter_who_then_becomes_the_profiteer_on_his_renounced_glory_and_tormented_soul_a_mystic_god_with_some_incomprehensible_design_or_any_passer-by_whose_rotting_sores_are_held_as_some_inexplicable_claim_upon_him-it_does_not_matter_the_good_is_not_for_him_to_understand_his_duty_is_to_crawl_through_years_of_penance_atoning_for_the_guilt_of_his_existence_to_any_stray_collector_of_unintelligible_debts_his_only_concept_of_a_value_is_a_zero:_the_good_is_that_which_is_non-man. “it_is_a_conspiracy_of_all_those_who_seek_not_to_live_but_to_get_away_with_living_those_who_seek_to_cut_just_one_small_corner_of_reality_and_are_drawn_by_feeling_to_all_the_others_who_are_busy_cutting_other_corners-a_conspiracy_that_unites_by_links_of_evasion_all_those_who_pursue_a_zero_as_a_value:_the_professor_who_unable_to_think_takes_pleasure_in_crippling_the_mind_of_his_students_the_businessman_who_to_protect_his_stagnation_takes_pleasure_in_chaining_the_ability_of_competitors_the_neurotic_who_to_defend_his_self-loathing_takes_pleasure_in_breaking_men_of_self-esteem_the_incompetent_who_takes_pleasure_in_defeating_achievement_the_mediocrity_who_takes_pleasure_in_demolishing_greatness_the_eunuch_who_takes_pleasure_in_the_castration_of_all_pleasure-and_all_their_intellectual_munition-makers_all_those_who_preach_that_the_immolation_of_virtue_will_transform_vices_into_virtue._death_is_the_premise_at_the_root_of_their_theories_death_is_the_goal_of_their_actions_in_practice-and_you_are_the_last_of_their_victims. “it_is_a_conspiracy_without_leader_or_direction_and_the_random_little_thugs_of_the_moment_who_cash_in_on_the_agony_of_one_land_or_another_are_chance_scum_riding_the_torrent_from_the_broken_dam_of_the_sewer_of_centuries_from_the_reservoir_of_hatred_for_reason_for_logic_for_ability_for_achievement_for_joy_stored_by_every_whining_anti-human_who_ever_preached_the_superiority_of_the_‘heart’_over_the_mind. “it_is_not_any_crime_you_have_committed_that_infects_your_soul_with_permanent_guilt_it_is_none_of_your_failures_errors_or_flaws_but_theblank-out_by_which_you_attempt_to_evade_them-it_is_not_any_sort_of_original_sin_or_unknown_prenatal_deficiency_but_the_knowledge_and_fact_of_your_basic_default_of_suspending_your_mind_of_refusing_to_think._fear_and_guilt_are_your_chronic_emotions_they_are_real_and_you_do_deserve_them_but_they_don’t_come_from_the_superficial_reasons_you_invent_to_disguise_their_cause_not_from_your_‘selfishness’_weakness_or_ignorance_but_from_a_real_and_basic_threat_to_your_existence;_fear_because_you_have_abandoned_your_weapon_of_survival_guilt_because_you_know_you_have_done_it_volitionally. “it_is_only_as_retaliation_that_force_may_be_used_and_only_against_the_man_who_starts_its_use._no_i_do_not_share_his_evil_or_sink_to_his_concept_of_morality:_i_merely_grant_him_his_choice_destruction_the_only_destruction_he_had_the_right_to_choose:_his_own._he_uses_force_to_seize_a_value;_i_use_it_only_to_destroy_destruction._a_holdup_man_seeks_to_gain_wealth_by_killing_me;_i_do_not_grow_richer_by_killing_a_holdup_man._i_seek_no_values_by_means_of_evil_nor_do_i_surrender_my_values_to_evil. “it_is_only_the_metaphysics_of_a_leech_that_would_cling_to_the_idea_of_a_universe_where_a_zero_is_a_standard_of_identification._a_leech_would_want_to_seek_escape_from_the_necessity_to_name_its_own_nature-escape_from_the_necessity_to_know_that_the_substance_on_which_it_builds_its_private_universe_is_blood. “it_is_your_mind_that_they_want_you_to_surrender-all_those_who_preach_the_creed_of_sacrifice_whatever_their_tags_or_their_motives_whether_they_demand_it_for_the_sake_of_your_soul_or_of_your_body_whether_they_promise_you_another_life_in_heaven_or_a_full_stomach_on_this_earth._those_who_start_by_saying:_‘it_is_selfish_to_pursue_your_own_wishes_you_must_sacrifice_them_to_the_wishes_of_others’-end_up_by_saying:_‘it_is_selfish_to_uphold_your_convictions_you_must_sacrifice_them_to_the_convictions_of_others. “it_was_the_three_of_us_who_started_what_i_am_now_completing._it_was_the_three_of_us_who_resolved_to_avenge_this_country_and_to_release_its_imprisoned_soul._this_greatest_of_countries_was_built_on_my_morality-on_the_inviolate_supremacy_of_man’s_right_to_exist-but_you_dreaded_to_admit_it_and_live_up_to_it._you_stared_at_an_achievement_unequaled_in_history_and_looted_its_effects_and_blanked_out_its_cause._in_the_presence_of_that_monument_to_human_morality_which_is_a_factory_a_highway_or_a_bridge-you_kept_damning_this_country_as_immoral_and_its_progress_as_‘material_greed’_you_kept_offering_apologies_for_this_country’s_greatness_to_the_idol_of_primordial_starvation_to_decaying_europe’s_idol_of_a_leprous_mystic_bum. “just_as_i_support_my_life_neither_by_robbery_nor_alms_but_by_my_own_effort_so_i_do_not_seek_to_derive_my_happiness_from_the_injury_or_the_favor_of_others_but_earn_it_by_my_own_achievement._just_as_i_do_not_consider_the_pleasure_of_others_as_the_goal_of_my_life_so_i_do_not_consider_my_pleasure_as_the_goal_of_the_lives_of_others._just_as_there_are_no_contradictions_in_my_values_and_no_conflicts_among_my_desires-so_there_are_no_victims_and_no_conflicts_of_interest_among_rational_men_men_who_do_not_desire_the_unearned_and_do_not_view_one_another_with_a_cannibal’s_lust_men_who_neither_make_sacrifice_nor_accept_them. “just_as_man_can’t_exist_without_his_body_so_no_rights_can_exist_without_the_right_to_translate_one’s_rights_into_reality-to_think_to_work_and_to_keep_the_results-which_means:_the_right_of_poverty._the_modern_mystics_of_muscle_who_offer_you_the_fraudulent_alternative_of_‘human_rights’_versus_‘property_rights’_as_if_one_could_exist_without_the_other_are_making_a_last_grotesque_attempt_to_revive_the_doctrine_of_soul_versus_body._only_a_ghost_can_exist_without_material_property;_only_a_slave_can_work_with_no_right_to_the_product_of_his_effort._the_doctrine_that_‘human_rights’_are_superior_to_‘property_rights’_simply_means_that_some_human_beings_have_the_right_to_make_property_out_of_others;_since_the_competent_have_nothing_to_gain_from_the_incompetent_it_means_the_right_of_the_incompetent_to_own_their_betters_and_to_use_them_as_productive_cattle._whoever_regards_this_as_human_and_right_has_no_right_to_the_title_of_‘human.’ “just_as_the_mystic_is_a_parasite_in_matter_who_expropriates_the_wealth_created_by_others-just_as_he_is_a_parasite_in_spirit_who_plunders_the_ideas_created_by_others-so_he_falls_below_the_level_of_a_lunatic_who_creates_his_own_distortion_of_reality_to_the_level_of_a_parasite_of_lunacy_who_seeks_a_distortion_created_by_others. “just_as_your_body_has_two_fundamental_sensations_pleasure_and_pain_as_signs_of_its_welfare_or_injury_as_a_barometer_of_its_basic_alternative_life_or_death_so_your_consciousness_has_two_fundamental_emotions_joy_and_suffering_in_answer_to_the_same_alternative._your_emotions_are_estimates_of_that_which_furthers_your_life_or_threatens_it_lightning_calculators_giving_you_a_sum_of_your_profit_or_loss._you_have_no_choice_about_your_capacity_to_feel_that_something_is_good_for_you_or_evil_but_what_you_will_consider_good_or_evil_what_will_give_you_joy_or_pain_what_you_will_love_or_hate_desire_or_fear_depends_on_your_standard_of_value._emotions_are_inherent_in_your_nature_but_their_content_is_dictated_by_your_mind._your_emotional_capacity_is_an_empty_motor_and_your_values_are_the_fuel_with_which_your_mind_fills_it._if_you_choose_a_mix_of_contradictions_it_will_clog_your_motor_corrode_your_transmission_and_wreck_you_on_your_first_attempt_to_move_with_a_machine_which_you_the_driver_have_corrupted. “just_as_your_mystics_of_spirit_invented_their_heaven_in_the_image_of_our_earth_omitting_our_existence_and_promised_you_rewards_created_by_miracle_out_of_non-matter-so_your_modern_mystics_of_muscle_omit_our_existence_and_promise_you_a_heaven_where_matter_shapes_itself_of_its_own_causeless_will_into_all_the_rewards_desired_by_your_non-mind. “justice_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_you_cannot_fake_the_character_of_men_as_you_cannot_fake_the_character_of_nature_that_you_must_judge_all_men_as_conscientiously_as_you_judge_inanimate_objects_with_the_same_respect_for_truth_with_the_same_incorruptible_vision_by_as_pure_and_as_rational_a_process_of_identification-that_every_man_must_be_judged_for_what_he_is_and_treated_accordingly_that_just_as_you_do_not_pay_a_higher_price_for_a_rusty_chunk_of_scrap_than_for_a_piece_of_shining_metal_so_you_do_not_value_a_totter_above_a_hero-that_your_moral_appraisal_is_the_coin_paying_men_for_their_virtues_or_vices_and_this_payment_demands_of_you_as_scrupulous_an_honor_as_you_bring_to_financial_transactions-that_to_withhold_your_contempt_from_men’s_vices_is_an_act_of_moral_counterfeiting_and_to_withhold_your_admiration_from_their_virtues_is_an_act_of_moral_embezzlement-that_to_place_any_other_concern_higher_than_justice_is_to_devaluate_your_moral_currency_and_defraud_the_good_in_favor_of_the_evil_since_only_the_good_can_lose_by_a_default_of_justice_and_only_the_evil_can_profit-and_that_the_bottom_of_the_pit_at_the_end_of_that_road_the_act_of_moral_bankruptcy_is_to_punish_men_for_their_virtues_and_reward_them_for_their_vices_that_that_is_the_collapse_to_full_depravity_the_black_mass_of_the_worship_of_death_the_dedication_of_your_consciousness_to_the_destruction_of_existence. “learn_to_distinguish_the_difference_between_errors_of_knowledge_and_breaches_of_morality._an_error_of_knowledge_is_not_a_moral_flaw_provided_you_are_willing_to_correct_it;_only_a_mystic_would_judge_human_beings_by_the_standard_of_an_impossible_automatic_omniscience._but_a_breach_of_morality_is_the_conscious_choice_of_an_action_you_know_to_be_evil_or_a_willful_evasion_of_knowledge_a_suspension_of_sight_and_of_thought._that_which_you_do_not_know_is_not_a_moral_charge_against_you;_but_that_which_you_refuse_to_know_is_an_account_of_infamy_growing_in_your_soul._make_every_allowance_for_errors_of_knowledge;_do_not_forgive_or_accept_any_breach_of_morality._give_the_benefit_of_the_doubt_to_those_who_seek_to_know;_but_treat_as_potential_killers_those_specimens_of_insolent_depravity_who_make_demands_upon_you_announcing_that_they_have_and_seek_no_reasons_proclaiming_as_a_license_that_they_‘just_feel_it’-or_those_who_reject_an_irrefutable_argument_by_saying:_‘it’s_only_logic’_which_means:_‘it’s_only_reality.’_the_only_realm_opposed_to_reality_is_the_realm_and_premise_of_death. “like_the_man_who_discovered_the_use_of_steam_or_the_man_who_discovered_the_use_oil_i_discovered_a_source_of_energy_which_was_available_since_the_birth_of_the_globe_but_which_men_had_not_known_how_to_use_except_as_an_object_of_worship_of_terror_and_of_legends_without_a_thundering_god._i_completed_the_experimental_model_of_a_motor_that_would_have_made_a_fortune_for_me_and_for_those_who_had_hired_me_a_motor_that_would_have_raised_the_efficiency_of_every_human_installation_using_power_and_would_have_added_the_gift_of_higher_productivity_to_every_hour_you_spend_at_earning_your_living. “look_past_the_range_of_the_moment_you_who_cry_that_you_fear_to_compete_with_men_of_superior_intelligence_that_their_mind_is_a_threat_to_your_livelihood_that_the_strong_leave_no_chance_to_the_weak_in_a_market_of_voluntary_trade._what_determines_the_material_value_of_your_work?_nothing_but_the_productive_effort_of_your_mind-if_you_lived_on_a_desert_island._the_less_efficient_the_thinking_of_your_brain_the_less_your_physical_labor_would_bring_you-and_you_could_spend_your_life_on_a_single_routine_collecting_a_precarious_harvest_or_hunting_with_bow_and_arrows_unable_to_think_any_further._but_when_you_live_in_a_rational_society_where_men_are_free_to_trade_you_receive_an_incalculable_bonus:_the_material_value_of_your_work_is_determined_not_only_by_your_effort_but_by_the_effort_of_the_best_productive_minds_who_exist_in_the_world_around_you. “love_is_the_expression_of_one’s_values_the_greatest_reward_you_can_earn_for_the_moral_qualities_you_have_achieved_in_your_character_and_person_the_emotional_price_paid_by_one_man_for_the_joy_he_receives_from_the_virtues_of_another._your_morality_demands_that_you_divorce_your_love_from_values_and_hand_it_down_to_any_vagrant_not_as_response_to_his_worth_but_as_response_to_his_need_not_as_reward_but_as_alms_not_as_a_payment_for_virtues_but_as_a_blank_check_on_vices._your_morality_tells_you_that_the_purpose_of_love_is_to_set_you_free_of_the_bonds_of_morality_that_love_is_superior_to_moral_judgment_that_true_love_transcends_forgives_and_survives_every_manner_of_evil_in_its_object_and_the_greater_the_love_the_greater_the_depravity_it_permits_to_the_loved._to_love_a_man_for_his_virtues_is_paltry_and_human_it_tells_you;_to_love_him_for_his_flaws_is_divine._to_love_those_who_are_worthy_of_it_is_self-interest;_to_love_the_unworthy_is_sacrifice._you_owe_your_love_to_those_who_don’t_deserve_it_and_the_less_they_deserve_it_the_more_love_you_owe_them-the_more_loathsome_the_object_the_nobler_your_love-the_more_unfastidious_your_love_the_greater_the_virtue-and_if_you_can_bring_your_soul_to_the_state_of_a_dump_heap_that_welcomes_anything_on_equal_terms_if_you_can_cease_to_value_moral_values_you_have_achieved_the_state_of_moral_perfection. “make_no_mistake_about_the_character_of_mystics._to_undercut_your_consciousness_has_always_been_their_only_purpose_throughout_the_ages-and_power_the_power_to_rule_you_by_force_has_always_been_their_only_lust. “man_cannot_survive_except_by_gaining_knowledge_and_reason_is_his_only_means_to_gain_it._reason_is_the_faculty_that_perceives_identifies_and_integrates_the_material_provided_by_his_senses._the_task_of_his_senses_is_to_give_him_the_evidence_of_existence_but_the_task_of_identifying_it_belongs_to_his_reason_his_senses_tell_him_only_that_something_is_but_what_it_is_must_be_learned_by_his_mind. “man_has_been_called_a_rational_being_but_rationality_is_a_matter_of_choice-and_the_alternative_his_nature_offers_him_is:_rational_being_or_suicidal_animal._man_has_to_be_man-by_choice;_he_has_to_hold_his_life_as_a_value-by_choice:_he_has_to_learn_to_sustain_it-by_choice;_he_has_to_discover_the_values_it_requires_and_practice_his_virtues-by_choice. “man_has_no_automatic_code_of_survival._his_particular_distinction_from_all_other_living_species_is_the_necessity_to_act_in_the_face_of_alternatives_by_means_of_volitional_choice._he_has_no_automatic_knowledge_of_what_is_good_for_him_or_evil_what_values_his_life_depends_on_what_course_of_action_it_requires._are_you_prattling_about_an_instinct_of_self-preservation?_an_instinct_of_self-preservation_is_precisely_what_man_does_not_possess._an_‘instinct’_is_an_unerring_and_automatic_form_of_knowledge._a_desire_is_not_an_instinct._a_desire_to_live_does_not_give_you_the_knowledge_required_for_living._and_even_man’s_desire_to_live_is_not_automatic:_your_secret_evil_today_is_that_that_is_the_desire_you_do_not_hold._your_fear_of_death_is_not_a_love_of_life_and_will_not_give_you_the_knowledge_needed_to_keep_it._man_must_obtain_his_knowledge_and_choose_his_actions_by_a_process_of_thinking_which_nature_will_not_force_him_t9_perform._man_has_the_power_to_act_as_his_own_destroyer-and_that_is_the_way_he_has_acted_through_most_of_his_history. “man’s_fall_according_to_your_teachers_was_that_he_gained_the_virtues_required_to_live._these_virtues_by_their_standard_are_his_sin._his_evil_they_charge_is_that_he’s_man._his_guilt_they_charge_is_that_he_lives. “man’s_life_as_required_by_his_nature_is_not_the_life_of_a_mindless_brute_of_a_looting_thug_or_a_mooching_mystic_but_the_life_of_a_thinking_being-not_life_by_means_of_force_or_fraud_but_life_by_means_of_achievement-not_survival_at_any_price_since_there’s_only_one_price_that_pays_for_man’s_survival:_reason. “man’s_life_is_the_standard_of_morality_but_your_own_life_is_its_purpose._if_existence_on_earth_is_your_goal_you_must_choose_your_actions_and_values_by_the_standard_of_that_which_is_proper_to_man-for_the_purpose_of_preserving_fulfilling_and_enjoying_the_irreplaceable_value_which_is_your_life. “man’s_mind_is_his_basic_tool_of_survival._life_is_given_to_him_survival_is_not._his_body_is_given_to_him_its_sustenance_is_not._his_mind_is_given_to_him_its_content_is_not._to_remain_alive_he_must_act_and_before_he_can_act_he_must_know_the_nature_and_purpose_of_his_action._he_cannot_obtain_his_food_without_a_knowledge_of_food_and_of_the_way_to_obtain_it._he_cannot_dig_a_ditch-or_build_a_cyclotron-without_a_knowledge_of_his_aim_and_of_the_means_to_achieve_it._to_remain_alive_he_must_think. “men_do_not_live_by_the_mind_you_say?_i_have_withdrawn_those_who_do._the_mind_is_impotent_you_say?_i_have_withdrawn_those_whose_mind_isn’t._there_are_values_higher_than_the_mind_you_say?_i_have_withdrawn_those_for_whom_there_aren’t. “morality_to_you_is_a_phantom_scarecrow_made_of_duty_of_boredom_of_punishment_of_pain_a_cross-breed_between_the_first_schoolteacher_of_your_past_and_the_tax_collector_of_your_present_a_scarecrow_standing_in_a_barren_field_waving_a_stick_to_chase_away_your_pleasures-and_pleasure_to_you_is_a_liquor-soggy_brain_a_mindless_slut_the_stupor_of_a_moron_who_stakes_his_cash_on_some_animal’s_race_since_pleasure_cannot_be_moral. “my_morality_the_morality_of_reason_is_contained_in_a_single_axiom:_existence_exists-and_in_a_single_choice:_to_live._the_rest_proceeds_from_these._to_live_man_must_hold_three_things_as_the_supreme_and_ruling_values_of_his_life:_reason-purpose-self-esteem._reason_as_his_only_tool_of_knowledge-purpose_as_his_choice_of_the_happiness_which_that_tool_must_proceed_to_achieve-self-esteem_as_his_inviolate_certainty_that_his_mind_is_competent_to_think_and_his_person_is_worthy_of_happiness_which_means:_is_worthy_of_living._these_three_values_imply_and_require_all_of_man’s_virtues_and_all_his_virtues_pertain_to_the_relation_of_existence_and_consciousness:_rationality_independence_integrity_honesty_justice_productiveness_pride. “neither_he_nor_the_rest_of_us_will_return_until_the_road_is_clear_to_rebuild_this_country-until_the_wreckage_of_the_morality_of_sacrifice_has_been_wiped_out_of_our_way._a_country’s_political_system_is_based_on_its_code_of_morality._we_will_rebuild_america’s_system_on_the_moral_premise_which_had_been_its_foundation_but_which_you_treated_as_a_guilty_underground_in_your_frantic_evasion_of_the_conflict_between_that_premise_and_your_mystic_morality:_the_premise_that_man_is_an_end_in_himself_not_the_means_to_the_ends_of_others_that_man’s_life_his_freedom_his_happiness_are_his_by_inalienable_right. “no_matter_how_eagerly_you_claim_that_the_goal_of_your_mystic_wishing_is_a_higher_mode_of_life_the_rebellion_against_identity_is_the_wish_for_non-existence._the_desire_not_to_be_anything_is_the_desire_not_to_be. “no_matter_what_dishonorable_compromise_you’ve_made_with_your_impracticable_creed_no_matter_what_miserable_balance_half-cynicism_half-superstition_you_now_manage_to_maintain_you_still_preserve_the_root_the_lethal_tenet:_the_belief_that_the_moral_and_the_practical_are_opposites._since_childhood_you_have_been_running_from_the_terror_of_a_choice_you_have_never_dared_fully_to_identify:_if_the_practical_whatever_you_must_practice_to_exist_whatever_works_succeeds_achieves_your_purpose_whatever_brings_you_food_and_joy_whatever_profits_you_is_evil-and_if_the_good_the_moral_is_the_impractical_whatever_fails_destroys_frustrates_whatever_injures_you_and_brings_you_loss_or_pain-then_your_choice_is_to_be_moral_or_to_live. “no_matter_whose_welfare_he_professes_to_serve_be_it_the_welfare_of_god_or_of_that_disembodied_gargoyle_he_describes_as_‘the_people’_no_matter_what_ideal_he_proclaims_in_terms_of_some_supernatural_dimension-in_fact_in_reality_on_earth_his_ideal_is_death_his_craving_is_to_kill_his_only_satisfaction_is_to_torture. “no_you_do_not_have_to_be_a_man;_but_today_those_who_are_are_not_there_any_longer._i_have_removed_your_means_of_survival-your_victims. “no_you_do_not_have_to_live;_it_is_your_basic_act_of_choice;_but_if_you_choose_to_live._you_must_live_as_a_man-by_the_work_and_the_judgment_of_your_mind. “no_you_do_not_have_to_live_as_a_man;_it_is_an_act_of_moral_choice._but_you_cannot_live_as_anything_else-and_the_alternative_is_that_state_of_living_death_which_you_now_see_within_you_and_around_you_the_state_of_a_thing_unfit_for_existence_no_longer_human_and_less_than_animal_a_thing_that_knows_nothing_but_pain_and_drags_itself_through_its_span_of_years_in_the_agony_of_unthinking_self-destruction. “no_you_do_not_have_to_think;_it_is_an_act_of_moral_choice._but_someone_had_to_think_to_keep_you_alive;_if_you_choose_to_default_you_default_on_existence_and_you_pass_the_deficit_to_some_moral_man_expecting_him_to_sacrifice_his_good_for_the_sake_of_letting_you_survive_by_your_evil. “now_we_are_chained_and_commanded_to_produce_by_savages_who_do_not_grant_us_even_the_identification_of_sinners-by_savages_who_proclaim_that_we_do_not_exist_then_threaten_to_deprive_us_of_the_life_we_don’t_possess_if_we_fail_to_provide_them_with_the_goods_we_don’t_produce._now_we_are_expected_to_continue_running_railroads_and_to_know_the_minute_when_a_train_will_arrive_after_crossing_the_span_of_a_continent_we_are_expected_to_continue_running_steel_mills_and_to_know_the_molecular_structure_of_every_drop_of_metal_in_the_cables_of_your_bridges_and_in_the_body_of_the_airplanes_that_support_you_in_mid-air-while_the_tribes_of_your_grotesque_little_mystics_of_muscle_fight_over_the_carcass_of_our_world_gibbering_in_sounds_of_non-language_that_there_are_no_principles_no_absolutes_no_knowledge_no_mind. “observe_that_he_does_not_expect_you_to_feel_a_causeless_fear._when_his_kind_get_into_power_they_are_expert_at_contriving_means_of_terror_at_giving_you_ample_cause_to_feel_the_fear_by_which_they_desire_to_rule_you._but_when_it_comes_to_love_the_highest_of_emotions_you_permit_them_to_shriek_at_you_accusingly_that_you_are_a_moral_delinquent_if_you’re_incapable_of_feeling_causeless_love._when_a_man_feels_fear_without_reason_you_call_him_to_the_attention_of_a_psychiatrist;_you_are_not_so_careful_to_protect_the_meaning_the_nature_and_the_dignity_of_love. “observe_the_persistence_in_mankind’s_mythologies_of_the_legend_about_a_paradise_that_men_had_once_possessed_the_city_of_atlantis_or_the_garden_of_eden_or_some_kingdom_of_perfection_always_behind_us._the_root_of_that_legend_exists_not_in_the_past_of_the_race_but_in_the_past_of_every_man._you_still_retain_a_sense-not_as_firm_as_a_memory_but_diffused_like_the_pain_of_hopeless_longing-that_somewhere_in_the_starting_years_of_your_childhood_before_you_had_learned_to_submit_to_absorb_the_terror_of_unreason_and_to_doubt_the_value_of_your_mind_you_had_known_a_radiant_state_of_existence_you_had_known_the_independence_of_a_rational_consciousness_facing_an_open_universe._that_is_the_paradise_which_you_have_lost_which_you_seek-which_is_yours_for_the_taking. “only_a_brute_a_fool_or_an_evader_can_agree_to_exist_on_such_terms_or_agree_to_give_his_fellow_men_a_blank_check_on_his_life_and_his_mind_to_accept_the_belief_that_others_have_the_right_to_dispose_of_his_person_at_their_whim_that_the_will_of_the_majority_is_omnipotent_that_the_physical_force_of_muscles_and_numbers_is_a_substitute_for_justice_reality_and_truth._we_the_men_of_the_mind_we_who_are_traders_not_masters_or_slaves_do_not_deal_in_blank_checks_or_grant_them._we_do_not_live_or_work_with_any_form_of_the_non-objective. “pride_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_you_are_your_own_highest_value_and_like_all_of_man’s_values_it_has_to_be_earned-that_of_any_achievements_open_to_you_the_one_that_makes_all_others_possible_is_the_creation_of_your_own_character-that_your_character_your_actions_your_desires_your_emotions_are_the_products_of_the_premises_held_by_your_mind-that_as_man_must_produce_the_physical_values_he_needs_to_sustain_his_life_so_he_must_acquire_the_values_of_character_that_make_his_life_worth_sustaining-that_as_man_is_a_being_of_self-made_wealth_so_he_is_a_being_of_self-made_soul-that_to_live_requires_a_sense_of_self-value_but_man_who_has_no_automatic_values_has_no_automatic_sense_of_self-esteem_and_must_earn_it_by_shaping_his_soul_in_the_image_of_his_moral_ideal_in_the_image_of_man_the_rational_being_he_is_born_able_to_create_but_must_create_by_choice-that_the_first_precondition_of_self-esteem_is_that_radiant_selfishness_of_soul_which_desires_the_best_in_all_things_in_values_of_matter_and_spirit_a_soul_that_seeks_above_all_else_to_achieve_its_own_moral_perfection_valuing_nothing_higher_than_itself-and_that_the_proof_of_an_achieved_self-esteem_is_your_soul’s_shudder_of_contempt_and_rebellion_against_the_role_of_a_sacrificial_animal_against_the_vile_impertinence_of_any_creed_that_proposes_to_immolate_the_irreplaceable_value_which_is_your_consciousness_and_the_incomparable_glory_which_is_your_existence_to_the_blind_evasions_and_the_stagnant_decay_of_others. “productiveness_is_your_acceptance_of_morality_your_recognition_of_the_fact_that_you_choose_to_live-that_productive_work_is_the_process_by_which_man’s_consciousness_controls_his_existence_a_constant_process_of_acquiring_knowledge_and_shaping_matter_to_fit_one’s_purpose_of_translating_an_idea_into_physical_form_of_remaking_the_earth_in_the_image_of_one’s_values-that_all_work_is_creative_work_if_done_by_a_thinking_mind_and_no_work_is_creative_if_done_by_a_blank_who_repeats_in_uncritical_stupor_a_routine_he_has_learned_from_others-_that_your_work_is_yours_to_choose_and_the_choice_is_as_wide_as_your_mind_that_nothing_more_is_possible_to_you_and_nothing_less_is_human-that_to_cheat_your_way_into_a_job_bigger_than_your_mind_can_handle_is_to_become_a_fear-corroded_ape_on_borrowed_motions_and_borrowed_time_and_to_settle_down_into_a_job_that_requires_less_than_your_mind’s_full_capacity_is_to_cut_your_motor_and_sentence_yourself_to_another_kind_of_motion:_decay-that_your_work_is_the_process_of_achieving_your_values_and_to_lose_your_ambition_for_values_is_to_lose_your_ambition_to_live-that_your_body_is_a_machine_but_your_mind_is_its_driver_and_you_must_drive_as_far_as_your_mind_will_take_you_with_achievement_as_the_goal_of_your_road-that_the_man_who_has_no_purpose_is_a_machine_that_coasts_downhill_at_the_mercy_of_any_boulder_to_crash_in_the_first_chance_ditch_that_the_man_who_stifles_his_mind_is_a_stalled_machine_slowly_going_to_rust_that_the_man_who_lets_a_leader_prescribe_his_course_is_a_wreck_being_towed_to_the_scrap_heap_and_the_man_who_makes_another_man_his_goal_is_a_hitchhiker_no_driver_should_ever_pick_up-that_your_work_is_the_purpose_of_your_life_and_you_must_speed_past_any_killer_who_assumes_the_right_to_stop_you_that_any_value_you_might_find_outside_your_work_any_other_loyalty_or_love_can_be_only_travelers_you_choose_to_share_your_journey_and_must_be_travelers_going_on_their_own_power_in_the_same_direction. “rationality_is_the_recognition_of_the_fact_that_existence_exists_that_nothing_can_alter_the_truth_and_nothing_can_take_precedence_over_that_act_of_perceiving_it_which_is_thinking-that_the_mind_is_one’s_only_judge_of_values_and_one’s_only_guide_of_action-that_reason_is_an_absolute_that_permits_no_compromise-that_a_concession_to_the_irrational_invalidates_one’s_consciousness_and_turns_it_from_the_task_of_perceiving_to_the_task_of_faking_reality-that_the_alleged_short-cut_to_knowledge_which_is_faith_is_only_a_short-circuit_destroying_the_mind-that_the_acceptance_of_a_mystical_invention_is_a_wish_for_the_annihilation_of_existence_and_properly_annihilates_one’s_consciousness. “reality_is_that_which_exists;_the_unreal_does_not_exist;_the_unreal_is_merely_that_negation_of_existence_which_is_the_content_of_a_human_consciousness_when_it_attempts_to_abandon_reason._truth_is_the_recognition_of_reality;_reason_man’s_only_means_of_knowledge_is_his_only_standard_of_truth. “rights_are_a_moral_concept-and_morality_is_a_matter_of_choice._men_are_free_not_to_choose_man’s_survival_as_the_standard_of_their_morals_and_their_laws_but_not_free_to_escape_from_the_fact_that_the_alternative_is_a_cannibal_society_which_exists_for_a_while_by_devouring_its_best_and_collapses_like_a_cancerous_body_when_the_healthy_have_been_eaten_by_the_diseased_when_the_rational_have_been_consumed_by_the_irrational._such_has_been_the_fate_of_your_societies_in_history_but_you’ve_evaded_the_knowledge_of_the_cause._i_am_here_to_state_it:_the_agent_of_retribution_was_the_law_of_identity_which_you_cannot_escape._just_as_man_cannot_live_by_means_of_the_irrational_so_two_men_cannot_or_two_thousand_or_two_billion._just_as_man_can’t_succeed_by_defying_reality_so_a_nation_can’t_or_a_country_or_a_globe._a_is_a._the_rest_is_a_matter_of_time_provided_by_the_generosity_of_victims. “sacrifice_could_be_proper_only_for_those_who_have_nothing_to_sacrifice-no_values_no_standards_no_judgment-those_whose_desires_are_irrational_whims_blindly_conceived_and_lightly_surrendered._for_a_man_of_moral_stature_whose_desires_are_born_of_rational_values_sacrifice_is_the_surrender_of_the_right_to_the_wrong_of_the_good_to_the_evil. “selfishness-say_both-is_man’s_evil._man’s_good-say_both-is_to_give_up_his_personal_desires_to_deny_himself_renounce_himself_surrender;_man’s_good_is_to_negate_the_life_he_lives._sacrifice-cry_both-is_the_essence_of_morality_the_highest_virtue_within_man’s_reach. “since_childhood_you_have_been_hiding_the_guilty_secret_that_you_feel_no_desire_to_be_moral_no_desire_to_seek_self-immolation_that_you_dread_and_hate_your_code_but_dare_not_say_it_even_to_yourself_that_you’re_devoid_of_those_moral_‘instincts’_which_others_profess_to_feel._the_less_you_felt_the_louder_you_proclaimed_your_selfless_love_and_servitude_to_others_in_dread_of_ever_letting_them_discover_your_own_self_the_self_that_you_betrayed_the_self_that_you_kept_in_concealment_like_a_skeleton_in_the_closet_of_your_body._and_they_who_were_at_once_your_dupes_and_your_deceivers_they_listened_and_voiced_their_loud_approval_in_dread_of_ever_letting_you_discover_that_they_were_harboring_the_same_unspoken_secret._existence_among_you_is_a_giant_pretense_an_act_you_all_perform_for_one_another_each_feeling_that_he_is_the_only_guilty_freak_each_placing_his_moral_authority_in_the_unknowable_known_only_to_others_each_faking_the_reality_he_feels_they_expect_him_to_fake_some_having_the_courage_to_break_the_vicious_circle. “since_life_requires_a_specific_course_of_action_any_other_course_will_destroy_it._a_being_who_does_not_hold_his_own_life_as_the_motive_and_goal_of_his_actions_is_acting_on_the_motive_and_standard_of_death._such_a_being_is_a_metaphysical_monstrosity_struggling_to_oppose_negate_and_contradict_the_fact_of_his_own_existence_running_blindly_amuck_on_a_trail_of_destruction_capable_of_nothing_but_pain. “so_long_as_men_in_the_era_of_savagery_had_no_concept_of_objective_reality_and_believed_that_physical_nature_was_ruled_by_the_whim_of_unknowable_demons-no_thought_no_science_no_production_were_possible._only_when_men_discovered_that_nature_was_a_firm_predictable_absolute_were_they_able_to_rely_on_their_knowledge_to_choose_their_course_to_plan_their_future_and_slowly_to_rise_from_the_cave._now_you_have_placed_modern_industry_with_its_immense_complexity_of_scientific_precision_back_into_the_power_of_unknowable_demons-the_unpredictable_power_of_the_arbitrary_whims_of_hidden_ugly_little_bureaucrats._a_farmer_will_not_invest_the_effort_of_one_summer_if_he’s_unable_to_calculate_his_chances_of_a_harvest._but_you_expect_industrial_giants-who_plan_in_terms_of_decades_invest_in_terms_of_generations_and_undertake_ninety-nine-year_contracts-to_continue_to_function_and_produce_not_knowing_what_random_caprice_in_the_skull_of_what_random_official_will_descend_upon_them_at_what_moment_to_demolish_the_whole_of_their_effort._drifters_and_physical_laborers_live_and_plan_by_the_range_of_a_day._the_better_the_mind_the_longer_the_range._a_man_whose_vision_extends_to_a_shanty_might_continue_to_build_on_your_quicksands_to_grab_a_fast_profit_and_run._a_man_who_envisions_skyscrapers_will_not._nor_will_he_give_ten_years_of_unswerving_devotion_to_the_task_of_inventing_a_new_product_when_he_knows_the_gangs_of_entrenched_mediocrity_are_juggling_the_laws_against_him_to_tie_him_restrict_him_and_force_him_to_fail_but_should_he_fight_them_and_struggle_and_succeed_they_will_seize_his_rewards_and_his_invention. “some_of_you_might_plead_the_excuse_of_your_ignorance_of_a_limited_mind_and_a_limited_range._but_the_damned_and_the_guiltiest_among_you_are_the_men_who_had_the_capacity_to_know_yet_chose_to_blank_out_reality_the_men_who_were_willing_to_steel_their_intelligence_into_cynical_servitude_to_force:_the_contemptible_breed_of_those_mystics_of_science_who_profess_a_devotion_to_some_sort_of_‘pure_knowledge’-the_purity_consisting_of_their_claim_that_such_knowledge_has_no_practical_purpose_on_this_earth-who_reserve_their_logic_for_inanimate_matter_but_believe_that_the_subject_of_dealing_with_men_requires_and_deserves_no_rationality_who_scorn_money_and_sell_their_souls_in_exchange_for_a_laboratory_supplied_by_loot._and_since_there_is_no_such_thing_as_‘non-practical_knowledge’_or_any_sort_of_‘disinterested’_action_since_they_scorn_the_use_of_their_science_for_the_purpose_and_profit_of_life_they_deliver_their_science_to_the_service_of_death_to_the_only_practical_purpose_it_can_ever_have_for_looters:_to_inventing_weapons_of_coercion_and_destruction._they_the_intellects_who_seek_escape_from_moral_values_they_are_the_damned_on_their_earth_theirs_is_the_guilt_beyond_forgiveness._do_you_hear_me_dr._robert_stadler? “some_of_you_will_never_know_who_is_john_galt._but_those_of_you_who_have_known_a_single_moment_of_love_for_existence_and_of_pride_in_being_its_worthy_lover_a_moment_of_looking_at_this_earth_and_letting_your_glance_be_its_sanction_have_known_the_state_of_being_a_man_and_i-i_am_only_the_man_who_knew_that_that_state_is_not_to_be_betrayed._i_am_the_man_who_knew_what_made_it_possible_and_who_chose_consistently_to_practice_and_to_be_what_you_had_practiced_and_been_in_that_one_moment. “such_is_the_future_you_are_capable_of_winning._it_requires_a_struggle;_so_does_any_human_value._all_life_is_a_purposeful_struggle_and_your_only_choice_is_the_choice_of_a_goal._do_you_wish_to_continue_the_battle_of_your_present_or_do_you_wish_to_fight_for_my_world?_do_you_wish_to_continue_a_struggle_that_consists_of_clinging_to_precarious_ledges_in_a_sliding_descent_to_the_abyss_a_struggle_where_the_hardships_you_endure_are_irreversible_and_the_victories_you_win_bring_you_closer_to_destruction?_or_do_you_wish_to_undertake_a_struggle_that_consists_of_rising_from_ledge_to_ledge_in_a_steady_ascent_to_the_top_a_struggle_where_the_hardships_are_investments_in_your_future_and_the_victories_bring_you_irreversibly_closer_to_the_world_of_your_moral_ideal_and_should_you_die_without_reaching_full_sunlight_you_will_die_on_a_level_touched_by_its_rays?_such_is_the_choice_before_you._let_your_mind_and_your_love_of_existence_decide. “such_is_the_secret_core_of_your_creed_the_other_half_of_your_double_standard:_it_is_immoral_to_live_by_your_own_effort_but_moral_to_live_by_the_effort_of_others-it_is_immoral_to_consume_your_own_product_but_moral_to_consume_the_products_of_others-it_is_immoral_to_earn_but_moral_to_mooch-it_is_the_parasites_who_are_the_moral_justification_for_the_existence_of_the_producers_but_the_existence_of_the_parasites_is_an_end_in_itself-it_is_evil_to_profit_by_achievement_but_good_to_profit_by_sacrifice-it_is_evil_to_create_your_own_happiness_but_good_to_enjoy_it_at_the_price_of_the_blood_of_others. “such_is_your_morality_of_sacrifice_and_such_are_the_twin_ideals_it_offers:_to_refashion_the_life_of_your_body_in_the_image_of_a_human_stockyard_and_the_life_of_your_spirit_in_the_image_of_a_dump. “such_was_the_service_we_had_given_you_and_were_glad_and_willing_to_give._what_did_we_ask_in_return?_nothing_but_freedom._we_required_that_you_leave_us_free_to_function-free_to_think_and_to_work_as_we_choose-free_to_take_our_own_risks_and_to_bear_our_own_losses-free_to_earn_our_own_profits_and_to_make_our_own_fortunes-free_to_gamble_on_your_rationality_to_submit_our_products_to_your_judgment_for_the_purpose_of_a_voluntary_trade_to_rely_on_the_objective_value_of_our_work_and_on_your_mind’s_ability_to_see_it-free_to_count_on_your_intelligence_and_honesty_and_to_deal_with_nothing_but_your_mind._such_was_the_price_we_asked_which_you_chose_to_reject_as_too_high._you_decided_to_call_it_unfair_that_we_who_had_dragged_you_out_of_your_hovels_and_provided_you_with_modern_apartments_with_radios_movies_and_cars_should_own_our_palaces_and_yachts-you_decided_that_you_had_a_right_to_your_wages_but_we_had_no_right_to_our_profits_that_you_did_not_want_us_to_deal_with_your_mind_but_to_deal_instead_with_your_gun._our_answer_to_that_was:_‘may_you_be_damned!’_our_answer_came_true._you_are. “such_was_your_goal-and_you’ve_reached_it._why_do_you_now_moan_complaints_about_man’s_impotence_and_the_futility_of_human_aspirations?_because_you_were_unable_to_prosper_by_seeking_destruction?_because_you_were_unable_to_find_joy_by_worshipping_pain?_because_you_were_unable_to_live_by_holding_death_as_your_standard_of_value? “sweep_aside_those_hatred-eaten_mystics_who_pose_as_friends_of_humanity_and_preach_that_the_highest_virtue_man_can_practice_is_to_hold_his_own_life_as_of_no_value._do_they_tell_you_that_the_purpose_of_morality_is_to_curb_man’s_instinct_of_self-preservation?_it_is_for_the_purpose_of_self-preservation_that_man_needs_a_code_of_morality._the_only_man_who_desires_to_be_moral_is_the_man_who_desires_to_live. “sweep_aside_those_parasites_of_subsidized_classrooms_who_live_on_the_profits_of_the_mind_of_others_and_proclaim_that_man_needs_no_morality_no_values_no_code_of_behavior._they_who_pose_as_scientists_and_claim_that_man_is_only_an_animal_do_not_grant_him_inclusion_in_the_law_of_existence_they_have_granted_to_the_lowest_of_insects._they_recognize_that_every_living_species_has_a_way_of_survival_demanded_by_its_nature_they_do_not_claim_that_a_fish_can_live_out_of_water_or_that_a_dog_can_live_without_its_sense_of_smell-but_man_they_claim_the_most_complex_of_beings_man_can_survive_in_any_way_whatever_man_has_no_identity_no_nature_and_there’s_no_practical_reason_why_he_cannot_live_with_his_means_of_survival_destroyed_with_his_mind_throttled_and_placed_at_the_disposal_of_any_orders_they_might_care_to_issue. “swinging_like_a_helpless_branch_in_the_wind_of_an_uncharted_moral_wilderness_you_dare_not_fully_to_be_evil_or_fully_to_live._when_you_are_honest_you_feel_the_resentment_of_a_sucker;_when_you_cheat_you_feel_terror_and_shame_your_pain_is_augmented_by_the_feeling_that_pain_is_your_natural_state._you_pity_the_men_you_admire_you_believe_they_are_doomed_to_fail;_you_envy_the_men_you_hate_you_believe_they_are_the_masters_of_existence._you_feel_disarmed_when_you_come_up_against_a_scoundrel:_you_believe_that_evil_is_bound_to_win_since_the_moral_is_the_impotent_the_impractical. “take_a_look_around_you_you_savages_who_stutter_that_ideas_are_created_by_men’s_means_of_production_that_a_machine_is_not_the_product_of_human_thought_but_a_mystical_power_that_produces_human_thinking._you_have_never_discovered_the_industrial_age-and_you_cling_to_the_morality_of_the_barbarian_eras_when_a_miserable_form_of_human_subsistence_was_produced_by_the_muscular_labor_of_slaves._every_mystic_had_always_longed_for_slaves_to_protect_him_from_the_material_reality_he_dreaded._but_you_you_grotesque_little_atavists_stare_blindly_at_the_skyscrapers_and_smokestacks_around_you_and_dream_of_enslaving_the_material_providers_who_are_scientists_inventors_industrialists._when_you_clamor_for_public_ownership_of_the_means_of_production_you_are_clamoring_for_public_ownership_of_the_mind._i_have_taught_my_strikers_that_the_answer_you_deserve_is_only:_‘try_and_get_it.’ “that_choice_is_yours_to_make._that_choice-the_dedication_to_one’s_highest_potential-is_made_by_accepting_the_fact_that_the_noblest_act_you_have_ever_performed_is_the_act_of_your_mind_in_the_process_of_grasping_that_two_and_two_make_four. “that_which_you_call_your_soul_or_spirit_is_your_consciousness_and_that_which_you_call_‘free_will’_is_your_mind’s_freedom_to_think_or_not_the_only_will_you_have_your_only_freedom_the_choice_that_controls_all_the_choices_you_make_and_determines_your_life_and_your_character. “the_answer_you_evade_the_monstrous_answer_is:_no_the_takers_are_not_evil_provided_they_did_not_earn_the_value_you_gave_them._it_is_not_immoral_for_them_to_accept_it_provided_they_are_unable_to_produce_it_unable_to_deserve_it_unable_to_give_you_any_value_in_return._it_is_not_immoral_for_them_to_enjoy_it_provided_they_do_not_obtain_it_by_right. “the_creed_of_sacrifice_is_a_morality_for_the_immoral-a_morality_that_declares_its_own_bankruptcy_by_confessing_that_it_can’t_impart_to_men_any_personal_stake_in_virtues_or_value_and_that_their_souls_are_sewers_of_depravity_which_they_must_be_taught_to_sacrifice._by_his_own_confession_it_is_impotent_to_teach_men_to_be_good_and_can_only_subject_them_to_constant_punishment. “the_degree_of_your_ability_to_live_was_the_degree_to_which_you_broke_your_moral_code_yet_you_believe_that_those_who_preach_it_are_friends_of_humanity_you_damn_yourself_and_dare_not_question_their_motives_or_their_goals._take_a_look_at_them_now_when_you_face_your_last_choice-and_if_you_choose_to_perish_do_so_with_full_knowledge_of_how_cheaply_so_small_an_enemy_has_claimed_your_life. “the_fence_you_have_been_straddling_for_two_hours-while_hearing_my_words_and_seeking_to_escape_them-is_the_coward’s_formula_contained_in_the_sentence:_‘but_we_don’t_have_to_go_to_extremes!’_the_extreme_you_have_always_struggled_to_avoid_is_the_recognition_that_reality_is_final_that_a_is_a_and_that_the_truth_is_true._a_moral_code_impossible_to_practice_a_code_that_demands_imperfection_or_death_has_taught_you_to_dissolve_all_ideas_in_fog_to_permit_no_firm_definitions_to_regard_any_concept_as_approximate_and_any_rule_of_conduct_as_elastic_to_hedge_on_any_principle_to_compromise_on_any_value_to_take_the_middle_of_any_road._by_extorting_your_acceptance_of_supernatural_absolutes_it_has_forced_you_to_reject_the_absolute_of_nature._by_making_moral_judgments_impossible_it_has_made_you_incapable_of_rational_judgment._a_code_that_forbids_you_to_cast_the_first_stone_has_forbidden_you_to_admit_the_identity_of_stones_and_to_know_when_or_if_you’re_being_stoned. “the_good_say_the_mystics_of_spirit_is_god_a_being_whose_only_definition_is_that_he_is_beyond_man’s_power_to_conceive-a_definition_that_invalidates_man’s_consciousness_and_nullifies_his_concepts_of_existence._the_good_say_the_mystics_of_muscle_is_society-a_thing_which_they_define_as_an_organism_that_possesses_no_physical_form_a_super-being_embodied_in_no_one_in_particular_and_everyone_in_general_except_yourself._man’s_mind_say_the_mystics_of_spirit_must_be_subordinated_to_the_will_of_god._man’s_mind_say_the_mystics_of_muscle_must_be_subordinated_to_the_will_of_society._man’s_standard_of_value_say_the_mystics_of_spirit_is_the_pleasure_0f_god_whose_standards_are_beyond_man’s_power_of_comprehension_and_must_be_accepted_on_faith._man’s_standard_of_value_say_the_mystics_of_muscle_is_the_pleasure_of_society_whose_standards_are_beyond_man’s_right_of_judgment_and_must_be_obeyed_as_a_primary_absolute._the_purpose_of_man’s_life_say_both_is_to_become_an_abject_zombie_who_serves_a_purpose_he_does_not_know_for_reasons_he_is_not_to_question._his_reward_say_the_mystics_of_spirit_will_be_given_to_him_beyond_the_grave._his_reward_say_the_mystics_of_muscle_will_be_given_on_earth-to_his_great-grandchildren. “the_infamous_times_you_call_the_dark_ages_were_an_era_of_intelligence_on_strike_when_men_of_ability_went_underground_and_lived_undiscovered_studying_in_secret_and_died;_destroying_the_works_of_their_mind_when_only_a_few_of_the_bravest_of_martyrs_remained_to_keep_the_human_race_alive._every_period_ruled_by_mystics_was_an_era_of_stagnation_and_want_when_most_men_were_on_strike_against_existence_working_for_less_than_their_barest_survival_leaving_nothing_but_scraps_for_their_rulers_to_loot_refusing_to_think_to_venture_to_produce_when_the_ultimate_collector_of_their_profits_and_the_final_authority_on_truth_or_error_was_the_whim_of_some_gilded_degenerate_sanctioned_as_superior_to_reason_by_divine_right_and_by_grace_of_a_club._the_road_of_human_history_was_a_string_of_blank-outs_over_sterile_stretches_eroded_by_faith_and_force_with_only_a_few_brief_bursts_of_sunlight_when_the_released_energy_of_the_men_of_the_mind_performed_the_wonders_you_gaped_at_admired_and_promptly_extinguished_again. “the_justification_of_sacrifice_that_your_morality_propounds_is_more_corrupt_than_the_corruption_it_purports_to_justify._the_motive_of_your_sacrifice_it_tells_you_should_be_love-the_love_you_ought_to_feel_for_every_man._a_morality_that_professes_the_belief_that_the_values_of_the_spirit_are_more_precious_than_matter_a_morality_that_teaches_you_to_scorn_a_whore_who_gives_her_body_indiscriminately_to_all_men-this_same_morality_demands_that_you_surrender_your_soul_to_promiscuous_love_for_all_comers. “the_last_of_my_words_will_be_addressed_to_those_heroes_who_might_still_be_hidden_in_the_world_those_who_are_held_prisoner_not_by_their_evasions_but_by_their_virtues_and_their_desperate_courage._my_brothers_in_spirit_check_on_your_virtues_and_on_the_nature_of_the_enemies_you’re_serving._your_destroyers_hold_you_by_means_of_your_endurance_your_generosity_your_innocence_your_love-the_endurance_that_carries_their_burdens-the_generosity_that_responds_to_their_cries_of_despair-the_innocence_that_is_unable_to_conceive_of_their_evil_and_gives_them_the_benefit_of_every_doubt_refusing_to_condemn_them_without_understanding_and_incapable_of_understanding_such_motives_as_theirs-the_love_your_love_of_life_which_makes_you_believe_that_they_are_men_and_that_they_love_it_too._but_the_world_of_today_is_the_world_they_wanted;_life_is_the_object_of_their_hatred._leave_them_to_the_death_they_worship._in_the_name_of_your_magnificent_devotion_to_this_earth_leave_them_don’t_exhaust_the_greatness_of_your_soul_on_achieving_the_triumph_of_the_evil_of_theirs._do_you_hear_me_…_my_love? “the_law_of_identity_does_not_permit_you_to_have_your_cake_and_eat_it_too._the_law_of_causality_does_not_permit_you_to_eat_your_cake_before_you_have_it._but_if_you_drown_both_laws_in_the_blanks_of_your_mind_if_you_pretend_to_yourself_and_to_others_that_you_don’t_see-then_you_can_try_to_proclaim_your_right_to_eat_your_cake_today_and_mine_tomorrow_you_can_preach_that_the_way_to_have_a_cake_is_to_eat_it_first_before_you_bake_it_that_the_way_to_produce_is_to_start_by_consuming_that_all_wishers_have_an_equal_claim_to_all_things_since_nothing_is_caused_by_anything._the_corollary_of_the_causeless_in_matter_is_the_unearned_in_spirit. “the_links_you_strive_to_drown_are_casual_connections._the_enemy_you_seek_to_defeat_is_the_law_of_causality:_it_permits_you_no_miracles._the_law_of_causality_is_the_law_of_identity_applied_to_action._all_actions_are_caused_by_entities._the_nature_of_an_action_is_caused_and_determined_by_the_nature_of_the_entities_that_act;_a_thing_cannot_act_in_contradiction_to_its_nature._an_action_not_caused_by_an_entity_would_be_caused_by_a_zero_which_would_mean_a_zero_controlling_a_thing_a_non-entity_controlling_an_entity_the_non-existent_ruling_the_existent-which_is_the_universe_of_your_teachers’_desire_the_cause_of_their_doctrines_of_causeless_action_the_reason_of_their_revolt_against_reason_the_goal_of_their_morality_their_politics_their_economics_the_ideal_they_strive_for:_the_reign_of_the_zero. “the_machine_the_frozen_form_of_a_living_intelligence_is_the_power_that_expands_the_potential_of_your_life_by_raising_the_productivity_of_your_time._if_you_worked_as_a_blacksmith_in_the_mystics’_middle_ages_the_whole_of_your_earning_capacity_would_consist_of_an_iron_bar_produced_by_your_hands_in_days_and_days_of_effort._how_many_tons_of_rail_do_you_produce_per_day_if_you_work_for_hank_rearden?_would_you_dare_to_claim_that_the_size_of_your_pay_cheek_was_created_solely_by_your_physical_labor_and_that_those_rails_were_the_product_of_your_muscles?_the_standard_of_living_of_that_blacksmith_is_all_that_your_muscles_are_worth;_the_rest_is_a_gift_from_hank_rearden. “the_man_who_refuses_to_judge_who_neither_agrees_nor_disagrees_who_declares_that_there_are_no_absolutes_and_believes_that_he_escapes_responsibility_is_the_man_responsible_for_all_the_blood_that_is_now_spilled_in_the_world._reality_is_an_absolute_existence_is_an_absolute_a_speck_of_dust_is_an_absolute_and_so_is_a_human_life._whether_you_live_or_die_is_an_absolute._whether_you_have_a_piece_of_bread_or_not_is_an_absolute._whether_you_eat_your_break_or_see_it_vanish_into_a_looter’s_stomach_is_an_absolute. “the_most_depraved_sentence_you_can_now_utter_is_to_ask:_whose_reason?_the_answer_is:_yours._no_matter_how_vast_your_knowledge_or_how_modest_it_is_your_own_mind_that_has_to_acquire_it._it_is_only_with_your_own_knowledge_that_you_can_deal._it_is_only_your_own_knowledge_that_you_can_claim_to_possess_or_ask_others_to_consider._your_mind_is_your_only_judge_of_truth-and_if_others_dissent_from_your_verdict_reality_is_the_court_of_final_appeal._nothing_but_a_man’s_mind_can_perform_that_complex_delicate_crucial_process_of_identification_which_is_thinking._nothing_can_direct_the_process_but_his_own_judgment._nothing_can_direct_his_judgment_but_his_moral_integrity. “the_mystics_of_both_schools_who_preach_the_creed_of_sacrifice_are_germs_that_attack_you_through_a_single_sore:_your_fear_of_relying_on_your_mind._they_tell_you_that_they_possess_a_means_of_knowledge_higher_than_the_mind_a_mode_of_consciousness_superior_to_reason-like_a_special_pull_with_some_bureaucrat_of_the_universe_who_gives_them_secret_tips_withheld_from_others._the_mystics_of_spirit_declare_that_they_possess_an_extra_sense_you_lack:_this_special_sixth_sense_consists_of_contradicting_the_whole_of_the_knowledge_of_your_five._the_mystics_of_muscle_do_not_bother_to_assert_any_claim_to_extrasensory_perception:_they_merely_declare_that_your_senses_are_not_valid_and_that_their_wisdom_consists_of_perceiving_your_blindness_by_some_manner_of_unspecified_means._both_kinds_demand_that_you_invalidate_your_own_consciousness_and_surrender_yourself_into_their_power._they_offer_you_as_proof_of_their_superior_knowledge_the_fact_that_they_assert_the_opposite_of_everything_you_know_and_as_proof_of_their_superior_ability_to_deal_with_existence_the_fact_that_they_lead_you_to_misery_self-sacrifice_starvation_destruction. “the_name_of_this_monstrous_absurdity_is_original_sin. “the_only_proper_purpose_of_a_government_is_to_protect_man’s_rights_which_means:_to_protect_him_from_physical_violence._a_proper_government_is_only_a_policeman_acting_as_an_agent_of_man’s_self-defense_and_as_such_may_resort_to_force_only_against_those_who_start_the_use_of_force._the_only_proper_functions_of_a_government_are:_the_police_to_protect_you_from_criminals;_the_army_to_protect_you_from_foreign_invaders;_and_the_courts_to_protect_your_property_and_contracts_from_breach_or_fraud_by_others_to_settle_disputes_by_rational_rules_according_to_objective_law._but_a_government_that_initiates_the_employment_of_force_against_men_who_had_forced_no_one_the_employment_of_armed_compulsion_against_disarmed_victims_is_a_nightmare_infernal_machine_designed_to_annihilate_morality:_such_a_government_reverses_its_only_moral_purpose_and_switches_from_the_role_of_protector_to_the_role_of_man’s_deadliest_enemy_from_the_role_of_policeman_to_the_role_of_a_criminal_vested_with_the_right_to_the_wielding_of_violence_against_victims_deprived_of_the_right_of_self-defense._such_a_government_substitutes_for_morality_the_following_rule_of_social_conduct:_you_may_do_whatever_you_please_to_your_neighbor_provided_your_gang_is_bigger_than_his. “the_problem_of_production_they_tell_you_has_been_solved_and_deserves_no_study_or_concern;_the_only_problem_left_for_your_‘reflexes’_to_solve_is_now_the_problem_of_distribution._who_solved_the_problem_of_production?_humanity_they_answer._what_was_the_solution?_the_goods_are_here._how_did_they_get_here?_somehow._what_caused_it?_nothing_has_causes. “the_restriction_they_seek_to_escape_is_the_law_of_identity._the_freedom_they_seek_is_freedom_from_the_fact_that_an_a_will_remain_an_a_no_matter_what_their_tears_or_tantrums-that_a_river_will_not_bring_them_milk_no_matter_what_their_hunger-that_water_will_not_run_uphill_no_matter_what_comforts_they_could_gain_if_it_did_and_if_they_want_to_lift_it_to_the_roof_of_a_skyscraper_they_must_do_it_by_a_process_of_thought_and_labor_in_which_the_nature_of_an_inch_of_pipe_line_counts_but_their_feelings_do_not-that_their_feelings_are_impotent_to_alter_the_course_of_a_single_speck_of_dust_in_space_or_the_nature_of_any_action_they_have_committed. “the_self_you_have_betrayed_is_your_mind;_self-esteem_is_reliance_on_one’s_power_to_think._the_ego_you_seek_that_essential_‘you’_which_you_cannot_express_or_define_is_not_your_emotions_or_inarticulate_dreams_but_your_intellect_that_judge_of_your_supreme_tribunal_whom_you’ve_impeached_in_order_to_drift_at_the_mercy_of_any_stray_shyster_you_describe_as_your_‘feeling.’_then_you_drag_yourself_through_a_self-made_night_in_a_desperate_quest_for_a_nameless_fire_moved_by_some_fading_vision_of_a_dawn_you_had_seen_and_lost. “the_sole_result_of_that_murderous_doctrine_was_to_remove_morality_from_life._you_grew_up_to_believe_that_moral_laws_bear_no_relation_to_the_job_of_living_except_as_an_impediment_and_threat_that_man’s_existence_is_an_amoral_jungle_where_anything_goes_and_anything_works._and_in_that_fog_of_switching_definitions_which_descends_upon_a_frozen_mind_you_have_forgotten_that_the_evils_damned_by_your_creed_were_the_virtues_required_for_living_and_you_have_come_to_believe_that_actual_evils_are_the_practical_means_of_existence._forgetting_that_the_impractical_‘good’_was_self-sacrifice_you_believe_that_self-esteem_is_impractical;_forgetting_that_the_practical_‘evil’_was_production_you_believe_that_robbery_is_practical. “the_source_of_property_rights_is_the_law_of_causality._all_property_and_all_forms_of_wealth_are_produced_by_man’s_mind_and_labor._as_you_cannot_have_effects_without_causes_so_you_cannot_have_wealth_without_its_source:_without_intelligence._you_cannot_force_intelligence_to_work:_those_who’re_able_to_think_will_not_work_under_compulsion:_those_who_will_won’t_produce_much_more_than_the_price_of_the_whip_needed_to_keep_them_enslaved._you_cannot_obtain_the_products_of_a_mind_except_on_the_owner’s_terms_by_trade_and_by_volitional_consent._any_other_policy_of_men_toward_man’s_poverty_is_the_policy_of_criminals_no_matter_what_their_numbers._criminals_are_savages_who_play_in_short-range_and_starve_when_their_prey_runs_out-just_as_you’re_starving_today_you_who_believed_that_crime_could_be_‘practical’_if_your_government_decreed_that_robbery_was_legal_and_resistance_to_robbery_illegal. “the_symbol_of_all_relationships_among_such_men_the_moral_symbol_of_respect_for_human_beings_is_the_trader._we_who_live_by_values_not_by_loot_are_traders_both_in_matter_and_in_spirit._a_trader_is_a_man_who_earns_what_he_gets_and_does_not_give_or_take_the_undeserved._a_trader_does_not_ask_to_be_paid_for_his_failures_nor_does_he_ask_to_be_loved_for_his_flaws._a_trader_does_not_squander_his_body_as_fodder_or_his_soul_as_alms._just_as_he_does_not_give_his_work_except_in_trade_for_material_values_so_he_does_not_give_the_values_of_his_spirit-his_love_his_friendship_his_esteem-except_in_payment_and_in_trade_for_human_virtues_in_payment_for_his_own_selfish_pleasure_which_he_receives_from_men_he_can_respect._the_mystic_parasites_who_have_throughout_the_ages_reviled_the_traders_and_held_them_in_contempt_while_honoring_the_beggars_and_the_looters_have_known_the_secret_motive_of_their_sneers:_a_trader_is_the_entity_they_dread-a_man_of_justice. “then_i_saw_what_was_wrong_with_the_world_i_saw_what_destroyed_men_and_nations_and_where_the_battle_for_life_had_to_be_fought._i_saw_that_the_enemy_was_an_inverted_morality-and_that_my_sanction_was_its_only_power._i_saw_that_evil_was_impotent-that_evil_was_the_irrational_the_blind_the_anti-real-and_that_the_only_weapon_of_its_triumph_was_the_willingness_of_the_good_to_serve_it._just_as_the_parasites_around_me_were_proclaiming_their_helpless_dependence_on_my_mind_and_were_expecting_me_voluntarily_to_accept_a_slavery_they_had_no_power_to_enforce_just_as_they_were_counting_on_my_self-immolation_to_provide_them_with_the_means_of_their_plan-so_throughout_the_world_and_throughout_men’s_history_in_every_version_and_form_from_the_extortions_of_loafing_relatives_to_the_atrocities_of_collective_countries_it_is_the_good_the_able_the_men_of_reason_who_act_as_their_own_destroyers_who_transfuse_to_evil_the_blood_of_their_virtue_and_let_evil_transmit_to_them_the_poison_of_destruction_thus_gaining_for_evil_the_power_of_survival_and_for_their_own_values-the_impotence_of_death._i_saw_that_there_comes_a_point_in_the_defeat_of_any_man_of_virtue_when_his_own_consent_is_needed_for_evil_to_win-and_that_no_manner_of_injury_done_to_him_by_others_can_succeed_if_he_chooses_to_withhold_his_consent._i_saw_that_i_could_put_an_end_to_your_outrages_by_pronouncing_a_single_word_in_my_mind._i_pronounced_it._the_word_was_‘no.’ “then_one_night_at_a_factory_meeting_i_heard_myself_sentenced_to_death_by_reason_of_my_achievement._i_heard_three_parasites_assert_that_my_brain_and_my_life_were_their_property_that_my_right_to_exist_was_conditional_and_depended_on_the_satisfaction_of_their_desires._the_purpose_of_my_ability_they_said_was_to_serve_the_needs_of_those_who_were_less_able._i_had_no_right_to_live_they_said_by_reason_of_my_competence_for_living:_their_right_to_live_was_unconditional_by_reason_of_their_incompetence. “then_this_country_will_once_more_become_a_sanctuary_for_a_vanishing_species:_the_rational_being._the_political_system_we_will_build_is_contained_in_a_single_moral_premise:_no_man_may_obtain_any_values_from_others_by_resorting_to_physical_force._every_man_will_stand_or_fall_live_or_die_by_his_rational_judgment._if_he_fails_to_use_it_and_falls_he_will_be_his_only_victim._if_he_fears_that_his_judgment_is_inadequate_he_will_not_be_given_a_gun_to_improve_it._if_he_chooses_to_correct_his_errors_in_time_he_will_have_the_unobstructed_example_of_his_betters_for_guidance_in_learning_to_think;_but_an_end_will_be_put_to_the_infamy_of_paying_with_one_life_for_the_errors_of_another. “there_are_two_sides_to_every_issue:_one_side_is_right_and_the_other_is_wrong_but_the_middle_is_always_evil._the_man_who_is_wrong_still_retains_some_respect_for_truth_if_only_by_accepting_the_responsibility_of_choice._but_the_man_in_the_middle_is_the_knave_who_blanks_out_the_truth_in_order_to_pretend_that_no_choice_or_values_exist_who_is_willing_to_sit_out_the_course_of_any_battle_willing_to_cash_in_on_the_blood_of_the_innocent_or_to_crawl_on_his_belly_to_the_guilty_who_dispenses_justice_by_condemning_both_the_robber_and_the_robbed_to_jail_who_shoves_conflicts_by_ordering_the_thinker_and_the_fool_to_meet_each_other_halfway._in_any_compromise_between_food_and_poison_it_is_only_death_that_can_win._in_any_compromise_between_good_and_evil_it_is_only_evil_that_can_profit._in_that_transfusion_of_blood_which_drains_the_good_to_feed_the_evil_the_compromiser_is_the_transmitting_rubber_tube. “there_is_a_difference_between_our_strike_and_all_those_you’ve_practiced_for_centuries:_our_strike_consists_not_of_making_demands_but_of_granting_them._we_are_evil_according_to_your_morality._we_have_chosen_not_to_harm_you_any_longer._we_are_useless_according_to_your_economics._we_have_chosen_not_to_exploit_you_any_longer._we_are_dangerous_and_to_be_shackled_according_to_your_politics._we_have_chosen_not_to_endanger_you_nor_to_wear_the_shackles_any_longer._we_are_only_an_illusion_according_to_your_philosophy._we_have_chosen_not_to_blind_you_any_longer_and_have_left_you_free_to_face_reality-the_reality_you_wanted_the_world_as_you_see_it_now_a_world_without_mind. “there_is_no_honest_revolt_against_reason-and_when_you_accept_any_part_of_their_creed_your_motive_is_to_get_away_with_something_your_reason_would_not_permit_you_to_attempt._the_freedom_you_seek_is_freedom_from_the_fact_that_if_you_stole_your_wealth_you_are_a_scoundrel_no_matter_how_much_you_give_to_charity_or_how_many_prayers_you_recite-that_if_you_sleep_with_sluts_you’re_not_a_worthy_husband_no_matter_how_anxiously_you_feel_that_you_love_our_wife_next_morning-that_you_are_an_entity_not_a_series_of_random_pieces_scattered_through_a_universe_where_nothing_sticks_and_nothing_commits_you_to_anything_the_universe_of_a_child’s_nightmare_where_identities_switch_and_swim_where_the_rotter_and_the_hero_are_interchangeable_parts_arbitrarily_assumed_at_will-that_you_are_a_man-that_you_are_an_entity-that_you_are. “there_is_only_one_fundamental_alternative_in_the_universe:_existence_or_non-existence-and_it_pertains_to_a_single_class_of_entities:_to_living_organisms._the_existence_of_inanimate_matter_is_unconditional_the_existence_of_life_is_not;_it_depends_on_a_specific_course_of_action._matter_is_indestructible_it_changes_its_forms_but_it_cannot_cease_to_exist._it_is_only_a_living_organism_that_faces_a_constant_alternative:_the_issue_of_life_or_death._life_is_a_process_of_self-sustaining_and-self-generated_action._if_an_organism_fails_in_that_action_it_does;_its_chemical_elements_remain_but_its_life_goes_out_of_existence._it_is_only_the_concept_of_‘life’_that_makes_the_concept_of_‘value’_possible._it_is_only_to_a_living_entity_that_things_can_be_good_or_evil. “there_is_only_one_state_that_fulfills_the_mystic’s_longing_for_infinity_non-causality_non-identity:_death._no_matter_what_unintelligible_causes_he_ascribes_to_his_incommunicable_feelings_whoever_rejects_reality_rejects_existence-and_the_feelings_that_move_him_from_then_on_are_hatred_for_all_the_values_of_man’s_life_and_lust_for_all_the_evils_that_destroy_it._a_mystic_relishes_the_spectacle_of_suffering_of_poverty_subservience_and_terror;_these_give_him_a_feeling_of_triumph_a_proof_of_the_defeat_of_rational_reality._but_no_other_reality_exists. “they_call_it_a_morality_of_mercy_and_a_doctrine_of_love_for_man._no_they_say_they_do_not_preach_that_man_is_evil_the_evil_is_only_that_alien_object:_his_body._no_they_say_they_do_not_wish_to_kill_him_they_only_wish_to_make_him_lose_his_body._they_seek_to_help_him_they_say_against_his_pain-and_they_point_at_the_torture_rack_to_which_they’ve_tied_him_the_rack_with_two_wheels_that_pull_him_in_opposite_directions_the_rack_of_the_doctrine_that_splits_his_soul_and_body. “they_claim_that_they_perceive_a_mode_of_being_superior_to_your_existence_on_this_earth._the_mystics_of_spirit_call_it_‘another_dimension’_which_consists_of_denying_dimensions._the_mystics_of_muscle_call_it_‘the_future’_which_consists_of_denying_the_present._to_exist_is_to_possess_identity._what_identity_are_they_able_to_give_to_their_superior_realm?_they_keep_telling_you_what_it_is_not_but_never_tell_you_what_it_is._all_their_identifications_consist_of_negating:_god_is_that_which_no_human_mind_can_know_they_say-and_proceed_to_demand_that_you_consider_it_knowledge-god_is_non-man_heaven_is_non-earth_soul_is_non-body_virtue_‘is_non-profit_a_is_non-a_perception_is_non-sensory_knowledge_is_non-reason._their_definitions_are_not_acts_of_defining_but_of_wiping_out. “they_have_cut_man_in_two_setting_one_half_against_the_other._they_have_taught_him_that_his_body_and_his_consciousness_are_two_enemies_engaged_in_deadly_conflict_two_antagonists_of_opposite_natures_contradictory_claims_incompatible_needs_that_to_benefit_one_is_to_injure_the_other_that_his_soul_belongs_to_a_supernatural_realm_but_his_body_is_an_evil_prison_holding_it_in_bondage_to_this_earth-and_that_the_good_is_to_defeat_his_body_to_undermine_it_by_years_of_patient_struggle_digging_his_way_to_that_gorgeous_jail-break_which_leads_into_the_freedom_of_the_grave. “they_have_taught_man_that_he_is_a_hopeless_misfit_made_of_two_elements_both_symbols_of_death._a_body_without_a_soul_is_a_corpse_a_soul_without_a_body_is_a_ghost-yet_such_is_their_image_of_man’s_nature:_the_battleground_of_a_struggle_between_a_corpse_and_a_ghost_a_corpse_endowed_with_some_evil_volition_of_its_own_and_a_ghost_endowed_with_the_knowledge_that_everything_known_to_man_is_nonexistent_that_only_the_unknowable_exists. “they_proclaim_that_every_man_born_is_entitled_to_exist_without_labor_and_the_laws_of_reality_to_the_contrary_notwithstanding_is_entitled_to_receive_his_‘minimum_sustenance’-his_food_his_clothes_his_shelter-with_no_effort_on_his_part_as_his_due_and_his_birthright._to_receive_it-from_whom?_blank-out._every_man_they_announce_owns_an_equal_share_of_the_technological_benefits_created_in_the_world._created-by_whom?_blank-out._frantic_cowards_who_posture_as_defenders_of_industrialists_now_define_the_purpose_of_economics_as_‘an_adjustment_between_the_unlimited_desires_of_men_and_the_goods_supplied_in_limited_quantity.’_supplied-by_whom?_blank-out._intellectual_hoodlums_who_pose_as_professors_shrug_away_the_thinkers_of_the_past_by_declaring_that_their_social_theories_were_based_on_the_impractical_assumption_that_man_was_a_rational_being-but_since_men_are_not_rational_they_declare_there_ought_to_be_established_a_system_that_will_make_it_possible_for_them_to_exist_while_being_irrational_which_means:_while_defying_reality._who_will_make_it_possible?_blank-out._any_stray_mediocrity_rushes_into_print_with_plans_to_control_the_production_of_mankind-and_whoever_agrees_or_disagrees_with_his_statistics_no_one_questions_his_right_to_enforce_his_plans_by_means_of_a_gun._enforce-on_whom?_blank-out._random_females_with_causeless_incomes_titter_on_trips_around_the_globe_and_return_to_deliver_the_message_that_the_backward_peoples_of_the_world_demand_a_higher_standard_of_living._demand-of_whom?_blank-out. “they_want_to_cheat_the_axiom_of_existence_and_consciousness_they_want_their_consciousness_to_be_an_instrument_not_of_perceiving_but_of_creating_existence_and_existence_to_be_not_the_object_but_the_subject_of_their_consciousness-they_want_to_be_that_god_they_created_in_their_image_and_likeness_who_creates_a_universe_out_of_a_void_by_means_of_an_arbitrary_whim._but_reality_is_not_to_be_cheated._what_they_achieve_is_the_opposite_of_their_desire._they_want_an_omnipotent_power_over_existence;_instead_they_lose_the_power_of_the_consciousness._by_refusing_to_know_they_condemn_themselves_to_the_horror_of_a_perpetual_unknown. “thinking_is_man’s_only_basic_virtue_from_which_all_the_others_proceed._and_his_basic_vice_the_source_of_all_his_evils_is_that_nameless_act_which_all_of_you_practice_but_struggle_never_to_admit:_the_act_of_blanking_out_the_willful_suspension_of_one’s_consciousness_the_refusal_to_think-not_blindness_but_the_refusal_to_see;_not_ignorance_but_the_refusal_to_know._it_is_the_act_of_unfocusing_your_mind_and_inducing_an_inner_fog_to_escape_the_responsibility_of_judgment-on_the_unstated_premise_that_a_thing_will_not_exist_if_only_you_refuse_to_identify_it_that_a_will_not_be_a_so_long_as_you_do_not_pronounce_the_verdict_‘it_is.’_non-thinking_is_an_act_of_annihilation_a_wish_to_negate_existence_an_attempt_to_wipe_out_reality._but_existence_exists;_reality_is_not_to_be_wiped_out_it_will_merely_wipe_out_the_wiper._by_refusing_to_say_‘it_is’_you_are_refusing_to_say_‘i_am.’_by_suspending_your_judgment_you_are_negating_your_person._when_a_man_declares:_‘who_am_i_to_know?’-he_is_declaring:_‘who_am_i_to_live?’ “this_country-the_product_of_reason-could_not_survive_on_the_morality_of_sacrifice._it_was_not_built_by_men_who_sought_self-immolation_or_by_men_who_sought_handouts._it_could_not_stand_on_the_mystic_split_that_divorced_man’s_soul_from_his_body._it_could_not_live_by_the_mystic_doctrine_that_damned_this_earth_as_evil_and_those_who_succeeded_on_earth_as_depraved._from_its_start_this_country_was_a_threat_to_the_ancient_rule_of_mystics._in_the_brilliant_rocket-explosion_of_its_youth_this_country_displayed_to_an_incredulous_world_what_greatness_was_possible_to_man_what_happiness_was_possible_on_earth._it_was_one_or_the_other:_america_or_mystics._the_mystics_knew_it;_you_didn’t._you_let_them_infect_you_with_the_worship_of_need-and_this_country_became_a_giant_in_body_with_a_mooching_midget_in_place_of_its_soul_while_its_living_soul_was_driven_underground_to_labor_and_feed_you_in_silence_unnamed_unhonored_negated_its_soul_and_hero:_the_industrialist._do_you_hear_me_now_hank_rearden_the_greatest_of_the_victims_i_have_avenged? “this_idol_of_your_cult_of_zero-worship_this_symbol_of_impotence-the_congenital_dependent-is_your_image_of_man_and_your_standard_of_value_in_whose_likeness_you_strive_to_refashion_your_soul._‘it’s_only_human’_you_cry_in_defense_of_any_depravity_reaching_the_stage_of_self-abasement_where_you_seek_to_make_the_concept_‘human’_mean_the_weakling_the_fool_the_rotter_the_liar_the_failure_the_coward_the_fraud_and_to_exile_from_the_human_race_the_hero_the_thinker_the_producer_the_inventor_the_strong_the_purposeful_the_pure-as_if_‘to_feel’_were_human_but_to_think_were_not_as_if_to_fail_were_human_but_to_succeed_were_not_as_if_corruption_were_human_but_virtue_were_not-as_if_the_premise_of_death_were_proper_to_man_but_the_premise_of_life_were_not. “this_in_every_hour_and_every_issue_is_your_basic_moral_choice:_thinking_or_non-thinking_existence_or_non-existence_a_or_non-a_entity_or_zero. “this_much_is_true:_the_most_selfish_of_all_things_is_the_independent_mind_that_recognizes_no_authority_higher_than_its_own_and_no_value_higher_than_its_judgment_of_truth._you_are_asked_to_sacrifice_your_intellectual_integrity_your_logic_your_reason_your_standard_of_truth-in_favor_of_becoming_a_prostitute_whose_standard_is_the_greatest_good_for_the_greatest_number. “this_wish-which_you_share_yet_submerge_as_an_evil-is_the_only_remnant_of_the_good_within_you_but_it_is_a_wish_one_must_learn_to_deserve._his_own_happiness_is_man’s_only_moral_purpose_but_only_his_own_virtue_can_achieve_it._virtue_is_not_an_end_in_itself._virtue_is_not_its_own_reward_or_sacrificial_fodder_for_the_reward_of_evil._life_is_the_reward_of_virtue-and_happiness_is_the_goal_and_the_reward_of_life. “those_irrational_wishes_that_draw_you_to_their_creed_those_emotions_you_worship_as_an_idol_on_whose_altar_you_sacrifice_the_earth_that_dark_incoherent_passion_within_you_which_you_take_as_the_voice_of_god_or_of_your_glands_is_nothing_more_than_the_corpse_of_your_mind._an_emotion_that_clashes_with_your_reason_an_emotion_that_you_cannot_explain_or_control_is_only_the_carcass_of_that_stale_thinking_which_you_forbade_your_mind_to_revise. “those_who_tell_you_that_man_is_unable_to_perceive_a_reality_undistorted_by_his_senses_mean_that_they_are_unwilling_to_perceive_a_reality_undistorted_by_their_feelings._‘things_as_they_are’_are_things_as_perceived_by_your_mind;_divorce_them_from_reason_and_they_become_‘things_as_perceived_by_your_wishes.’ “through_centuries_of_scourges_and_disasters_brought_about_by_your_code_of_morality_you_have_cried_that_your_code_had_been_broken_that_the_scourges_were_punishment_for_breaking_it_that_men_were_too_weak_and_too_selfish_to_spill_all_the_blood_it_required._you_damned_man_you_damned_existence_you_damned_this_earth_but_never_dared_to_question_your_code._your_victims_took_the_blame_and_struggled_on_with_your_curses_as_reward_for_their_martyrdom-while_you_went_on_crying_that_your_code_was_noble_but_human_nature_was_not_good_enough_to_practice_it._and_no_one_rose_to_ask_the_question:_good?-by_what_standard? “to_a_savage_the_world_is_a_place_of_unintelligible_miracles_where_anything_is_possible_to_inanimate_matter_and_nothing_is_possible_to_him._his_world_is_not_the_unknown_but_that_irrational_horror:_the_unknowable._he_believes_that_physical_objects_are_endowed_with_a_mysterious_volition_moved_by_causeless_unpredictable_whims_while_he_is_a_helpless_pawn_at_the_mercy_of_forces_beyond_his_control._he_believes_that_nature_is_ruled_by_demons_who_possess_an_omnipotent_power_and_that_reality_is_their_fluid_plaything_where_they_can_turn_his_bowl_of_meal_into_a_snake_and_his_wife_into_a_beetle_at_any_moment_where_the_a_he_has_never_discovered_can_be_any_non-a_they_choose_where_the_only_knowledge_he_possesses_is_that_he_must_not_attempt_to_know._he_can_count_on_nothing_he_can_only_wish_and_he_spends_his_life_on_wishing_on_begging_his_demons_to_grant_him_his_wishes_by_the_arbitrary_power_of_their_will_giving_them_credit_when_they_do_taking_the_blame_when_they_don’t_offering_them_sacrifices_in_token_of_his_gratitude_and_sacrifices_in_token_of_his_guilt_crawling_on_his_belly_in_fear_and_worship_of_sun_and_moon_and_wind_and_rain_and_of_any_thug_who_announces_himself_as_their_spokesman_provided_his_words_are_unintelligible_and_his_mask_sufficiently_frightening-he_wishes_begs_and_crawls_and_dies_leaving_you_as_a_record_of_his_view_of_existence_the_distorted_monstrosities_of_his_idols_part-man_part-animal_part-spider_the_embodiments_of_the_world_of_non-a. “to_exist_is_to_be_something_as_distinguished_from_the_nothing_of_non-existence_it_is_to_be_an_entity_of_a_specific_nature_made_of_specific_attributes._centuries_ago_the_man_who_was-no_matter_what_his_errors-the_greatest_of_your_philosophers_has_stated_the_formula_defining_the_concept_of_existence_and_the_rule_of_all_knowledge:_a_is_a._a_thing_is_itself._you_have_never_grasped_the_meaning_of_his_statement._i_am_here_to_complete_it:_existence_is_identity_consciousness_is_identification. “to_force_a_man_to_drop_his_own_mind_and_to_accept_your_will_as_a_substitute_with_a_gun_in_place_of_a_syllogism_with_terror_in_place_of_proof_and_death_as_the_final_argument-is_to_attempt_to_exist_in_defiance_of_reality._reality_demands_of_man_that_he_act_for_his_own_rational_interest;_your_gun_demands_of_him_that_he_act_against_it._reality_threatens_man_with_death_if_he_does_not_act_on_his_rational_judgment:_you_threaten_him_with_death_if_he_does._you_place_him_into_a_world_where_the_price_of_his_life_is_the_surrender_of_all_the_virtues_required_by_life-and_death_by_a_process_of_gradual_destruction_is_all_that_you_and_your_system_will_achieve_when_death_is_made_to_be_the_ruling_power_the_winning_argument_in_a_society_of_men. “to_interpose_the_threat_of_physical_destruction_between_a_man_and_his_perception_of_reality_is_to_negate_and_paralyze_his_means_of_survival;_to_force-him_to_act_against_his_own_judgment_is_like_forcing_him_to_act_against_his_own_sight._whoever_to_whatever_purpose_or_extent_initiates_the_use_of_force_is_a_killer_acting_on_the_premise_of_death_in_a_manner_wider_than_murder:_the_premise_of_destroying_man’s_capacity_to_live. “to_the_extent_to_which_a_man_is_rational_life_is_the_premise_directing_his_actions._to_the_extent_to_which_he_is_irrational_the_premise_directing_his_actions_is_death. “twelve_years_ago_when_i_worked_in_your_world_i_was_an_inventor._i_was_one_of_a_profession_that_came_last_in_human_history_and_will_be_first_to_vanish_on_the_way_back_to_the_sub-human._an_inventor_is_a_man_who_asks_‘why?’_of_the_universe_and_lets_nothing_stand_between_the_answer_and_his_mind. “under_a_morality_of_sacrifice_the_first_value_you_sacrifice_is_morality;_the_next_is_self-esteem._when_need_is_the_standard_every_man_is_both_victim_and_parasite._as_a_victim_he_must_labor_to_fill_the_needs_of_others_leaving_himself_in_the_position_of_a_parasite_whose_needs_must_be_filled_by_others._he_cannot_approach_his_fellow_men_except_in_one_of_two_disgraceful_roles:_he_is_both_a_beggar_and_a_sucker. “unless_you_learn_the_answers_to_these_questions-and_learn_to_stand_at_reverent_attention_when_you_face_the_achievements_of_man’s_mind-you_will_not_stay_much_longer_on_this_earth_which_we_love_and_will_not_permit_you_to_damn._you_will_not_sneak_by_with_the_rest_of_your_lifespan._i_have_foreshortened_the_usual_course_of_history_and_have_let_you_discover_the_nature_of_the_payment_you_had_hoped_to_switch_to_the_shoulders_of_others._it_is_the_last_of_your_own_living_power_that_will_now_be_drained_to_provide_the_unearned_for_the_worshippers_and_carriers_of_death._do_not_pretend_that_a_malevolent_reality_defeated_you-you_were_defeated_by_your_own_evasions._do_not_pretend_that_you_will_perish_for_a_noble_ideal-you_will_perish_as_fodder_for_the_haters_of_man. “we-whom_you_are_now_calling_but_who_will_not_answer_any_longer-we_have_lived_among_you_but_you_failed_to_know_us_you_refused_to_think_and_to_see_what_we_were._you_failed_to_recognize_the_motor_i_invented-and_it_became_in_your_world_a_pile_of_dead_scrap._you_failed_to_recognize_the_hero_in_your_soul-and_you_failed_to_know_me_when_i_passed_you_in_the_street._when_you_cried_in_despair_for_the_unattainable_spirit_which_you_felt_had_deserted_your_world_you_gave_it_my_name_but_what_you_were_calling_was_your_own_betrayed_self-esteem._you_will_not_recover_one_without_the_other. “we_are_on_strike_against_self-immolation._we_are_on_strike_against_the_creed_of_unearned_rewards_and_unrewarded_duties._we_are_on_strike_against_the_dogma_that_the_pursuit_of_one’s_happiness_is_evil._we_are_on_strike_against_the_doctrine_that_life_is_guilt. “we_are_the_cause_of_all_the_values_that_you_covet_we_who_perform_the_process_of_thinking_which_is_the_process_of_defining_identity_and_discovering_causal_connections._we_taught_you_to_know_to_speak_to_produce_to_desire_to_love._you_who_abandon_reason-were_it_not_for_us_who_preserve_it_you_would_not_be_able_to_fulfill_or_even_to_conceive_your_wishes._you_would_not_be_able_to_desire_the_clothes_that_had_not_been_made_the_automobile_that_had_not_been_invented_the_money_that_had_not_been_devised_as_exchange_for_goods_that_did_not_exist_the_admiration_that_had_not_been_experienced_for_men_who_had_achieved_nothing_the_love_that_belongs_and_pertains_only_to_those_who_preserve_their_capacity_to_think_to_choose_to_value. “we_are_the_men_who_reach_that_day;_you_are_the_men_who_choose_to_reach_it_partly;_a_savage_is_a_man_who_never_does. “we_have_granted_you_everything_you_demanded_of_us_we_who_had_always_been_the_givers_but_have_only_now_understood_it._we_have_no_demands_to_present_to_you_no_terms_to_bargain_about_no_compromise_to_reach._you_have_nothing_to_offer_us._we_do_not_need_you. “we_the_men_of_the_mind_are_now_on_strike_against_you_in_the_name_of_a_single_axiom_which_is_the_root_of_our_moral_code_just_as_the_root_of_yours_is_the_wish_to_escape_it:_the_axiom_that_existence_exists. “we_who_are_the_living_buffers_between_you_and_the_nature_of_your_creed_are_no_longer_there_to_save_you_from_the_effects_of_your_chosen_beliefs._we_are_no_longer_willing_to_pay_with_our_lives_the_debts_you_incurred_in_yours_or_the_moral_deficit_piled_up_by_all_the_generations_behind_you._you_had_been_living_on_borrowed_time-and_i_am_the_man_who_has_called_in_the_loan. “we_will_open_the_gates_of_our_city_to_those_who_deserve_to_enter_a_city_of_smokestacks_pipe_lines_orchards_markets_and_inviolate_homes._we_will_act_as_the_rallying_center_for_such_hidden_outposts_as_you’ll_build._with_the_sign_of_the_dollar_as_our_symbol-the_sign_of_free_trade_and_free_minds-we_will_move_to_reclaim_this_country_once_more_from_the_impotent_savages_who_never_discovered_its_nature_its_meaning_its_splendor._those_who_choose_to_join_us_will_join_us;_those_who_don’t_will_not_have_the_power_to_stop_us;_hordes_of_savages_have_never_been_an_obstacle_to_men_who_carried_the_banner_of_the_mind. “what_blank-out_permitted_you_to_hope_that_you_could_get_away_with_this_muck_of_contradictions_and_to_plan_it_as_an_ideal_society_when_the_‘no’_of_your_victims_was_sufficient_to_demolish_the_whole_of_your_structure?_what_permits_any_insolent_beggar_to_wave_his_sores_in_the_face_of_his_betters_and_to_plead_for_help_in_the_tone_of_a_threat?_you_cry_as_he_does_that_you_are_counting_on_our_pity_but_your_secret_hope_is_the_moral_code_that_has_taught_you_to_count_on_our_guilt._you_expect_us_to_feel_guilty_of_our_virtues_in_the_presence_of_your_vices_wounds_and_failures-guilty_of_succeeding_at_existence_guilty_of_enjoying_the_life_that_you_damn_yet_beg_us_to_help_you_to_live. “what_is_the_nature_of_that_superior_world_to_which_they_sacrifice_the_world_that_exists?_the_mystics_of_spirit_curse_matter_the_mystics_of_muscle_curse_profit_the_first_wish_men_to_profit_by_renouncing_the_earth_the_second_wish_men_to_inherit_the_earth_by_renouncing_all_profit._their_non-material_non-profit_worlds_are_realms_where_rivers_run_with_milk_and_coffee_where_wine_spurts_from_rocks_at_their_command_where_pastry_drops_on_them_from_butts_at_the_price_of_opening_their_mouth._on_this_material_profit-chasing_earth_an_enormous_investment_of_virtue-of_intelligence_integrity_energy_skill-is_required_to_construct_a_railroad_to_carry_them_the_distance_of_one_mile;_in_their_non-material_non-profit_world_they_travel_from_planet_to_planet_at_the_cost_of_a_wish._if_an_honest_person_asks_them:_‘how?’-they_answer_with_righteous_scorn_that_a_‘how’_is_the_concept_of_vulgar_realists;_the_concept_of_superior_spirits_is_‘somehow.’_on_this_earth_restricted_by_matter_and_profit_rewards_are_achieved_by_thought;_in_a_world_set_free_of_such_restrictions_rewards_are_achieved_by_wishing. “what_is_the_nature_of_the_guilt_that_your_teachers_call_his_original_sin?_what_are_the_evils_man_acquired_when_he_fell_from_a_state_they_consider_perfection?_their_myth_declares_that_he_ate_the_fruit_of_the_tree_of_knowledge-he_acquired_a_mind_and_became_a_rational_being._it_was_the_knowledge_of_good_and_evil-he_became_a_mortal_being._he_was_sentenced_to_earn_his_bread_by_his_labor-he_became_a_productive_being._he_was_sentenced_to_experience_desire-he_acquired_the_capacity_of_sexual_enjoyment._the_evils_for_which_they_damn_him_are_reason_morality_creativeness;_joy-all_the_cardinal_values_of_his_existence._it_is_not_his_vices_that_their_myth_of_man’s_fall_is_designed_to_explain_and_condemn_it_is_not_his_errors_that_they_hold_as_his_guilt_but_the_essence_of_his_nature_as_man._whatever_he_was-that_robot_in_the_garden_of_eden_who_existed_without_mind_without_values_without_labor_without_love-he_was_not_man. “whatever_else_they_fought_about_it_was_against_man’s_mind_that_all_your_moralists_have_stood_united._it_was_man’s_mind_that_all_their_schemes_and_systems_were_intended_to_despoil_and_destroy._now_choose_to_perish_or_to_learn_that_the_anti-mind_is_the_anti-life. “whatever_may_be_open_to_disagreement_there_is_one_act_of_evil_that_may_not_the_act_that_no_man_may_commit_against_others_and_no_man_may_sanction_or_forgive._so_long_as_men_desire_to_live_together_no_man_may_initiate-do_you_hear_me?_no_man_may_start-the_use_of_physical_force_against_others. “whatever_the_degree_of_your_knowledge_these_two-existence_and_consciousness-are_axioms_you_cannot_escape_these_two_are_the_irreducible_primaries_implied_in_any_action_you_undertake_in_any_part_of_your_knowledge_and_in_its_sum_from_the_first_ray_of_light_you_perceive_at_the_start_of_your_life_to_the_widest_erudition_you_might_acquire_at_its_end._whether_you_know_the_shape_of_a_pebble_or_the_structure_of_a_solar_system_the_axioms_remain_the_same:_that_it_exists_and_that_you_know_it. “whatever_the_value_involved_it_is_your_lack_of_it_that_gives_you_a_claim_upon_those_who_don’t_lack_it._it_is_your_need_that_gives_you_a_claim_to_rewards._if_you_are_able_to_satisfy_your_need_your_ability_annuls_your_right_to_satisfy_it._but_a_need_you_are_unable_to_satisfy_gives_you_first_right_to_the_lives_of_mankind. “whatever_you_choose_to_consider_be_it_an_object_an_attribute_or_an_action_the_law_of_identity_remains_the_same._a_leaf_cannot_be_a_stone_at_the_same_time_it_cannot_be_all_red_and_all_green_at_the_same_time_it_cannot_freeze_and_burn_at_the_same_time._a_is_a._or_if_you_wish_it_stated_in_simpler_language:_you_cannot_have_your_cake_and_eat_it_too. “when_a_mystic_declares_that_he_feels_the_existence_of_a_power_superior_to_reason_he_feels_it_all_right_but_that_power_is_not_an_omniscient_super-spirit_of_the_universe_it_is_the_consciousness_of_any_passer-by_to_whom_he_has_surrendered_his_own._a_mystic_is_driven_by_the_urge_to_impress_to_cheat_to_flatter_to_deceive_to_force_that_omnipotent_consciousness_of_others._‘they’_are_his_only_key_to_reality_he_feels_that_he_cannot_exist_save_by_harnessing_their_mysterious_power_and_extorting_their_unaccountable_consent._‘they’_are_his_only_means_of_perception_and_like_a_blind_man_who_depends_on_the_sight_of_a_dog_he_feels_he_must_leash_them_in_order_to_live._to_control_the_consciousness_of_others_becomes_his_only_passion;_power-lust_is_a_weed_that_grows_only_in_the_vacant_lots_of_an_abandoned_mind. “when_a_savage_who_has_not_learned_to_speak_declares_that_existence_must_be_proved_he_is_asking_you_to_prove_it_by_means_of_non-existence-when_he_declares_that_your_consciousness_must_be_proved_he_is_asking_you_to_prove_it_by_means_of_unconsciousness-he_is_asking_you_to_step_into_a_void_outside_of_existence_and_consciousness_to_give_him_proof_of_both-he_is_asking_you_to_become_a_zero_gaining_knowledge_about_a_zero. “when_he_declares_that_an_axiom_is_a_matter_of_arbitrary_choice_and_he_doesn’t_choose_to_accept_the_axiom_that_he_exists_he_blanks_out_the_fact_that_he_has_accepted_it_by_uttering_that_sentence_that_the_only_way_to_reject_it_is_to_shut_one’s_mouth_expound_no_theories_and_die. “when_the_looters’_state_collapses_deprived_of_the_best_of_its_slaves_when_it_falls_to_a_level_of_impotent_chaos_like_the_mystic-ridden_nations_of_the_orient_and_dissolves_into_starving_robber_gangs_fighting_to_rob_one_another-when_the_advocates_of_the_morality_of_sacrifice_perish_with_their_final_ideal-then_and_on_that_day_we_will_return. “when_you_failed_to_give_recognition_to_man’s_mind_and_attempted_to_rule_human_beings_by_force-those_who_submitted_had_no_mind_to_surrender;_those_who_had_were_men_who_don’t_submit._thus_the_man_of_productive_genius_assumed_in_your_world_the_disguise_of_a_playboy_and_became_a_destroyer_of_wealth_choosing_to_annihilate_his_fortune_rather_than_surrender_it_to_guns._thus_the_thinker_the_man_of_reason_assumed_in_your_world_the_role_of_a_pirate_to_defend_his_values_by_force_against_your_force_rather_than_submit_to_the_rule_of_brutality._do_you_hear_me_francisco_d’anconia_and_ragnar_danneskjöld_my_first_friends_my_fellow_fighters_my_fellow_outcasts_in_whose_name_and_honor_i_speak? “when_you_listen_to_a_mystic’s_harangue_on_the_impotence_of_the_human_mind_and_begin_to_doubt_your_consciousness_not_his_when_you_permit_your_precariously_semi-rational_state_to_be_shaken_by_any_assertion_and_decide_it_is_safer_to_trust_his_superior_certainty_and_knowledge_the_joke_is_on_both_of_you:_your_sanction_is_the_only_source_of_certainty_he_has._the_supernatural_power_that_a_mystic_dreads_the_unknowable_spirit_he_worships_the_consciousness_he_considers_omnipotent_is-yours. “when_you_work_in_a_modern_factory_you_are_paid_not_only_for_your_labor_but_for_all_the_productive_genius_which_has_made_that_factory_possible:_for_the_work_of_the_industrialist_who_built_it_for_the_work_of_the_investor_who_saved_the_money_to_risk_on_the_untried_and_the_new_for_the_work_of_the_engineer_who_designed_the_machines_of_which_you_are_pushing_the_levers_for_the_work_of_the_inventor_who_created_the_product_which_you_spend_your_time_on_making_for_the_work_of_the_scientist_who_discovered_the_laws_that_went_into_the_making_of_that_product_for_the_work_of_the_philosopher_who_taught_men_how_to_think_and_whom_your_spend_your_time_denouncing. “whenever_you_committed_the_evil_of_refusing_to_think_and_to_see_of_exempting_from_the_absolute_of_reality_some_one_small_wish_of_yours_whenever_you_chose_to_say:_let_me_withdraw_from_the_judgment_of_reason_the_cookies_i_stole_or_the_existence_of_god_let_me_have_my_one_irrational_whim_and_i_will_be_a_man_of_reason_about_all_else-that_was_the_act_of_subverting_your_consciousness_the_act_of_corrupting_your_mind._your_mind_then_became_a_fixed_jury_who_takes_orders_from_a_secret_underworld_whose_verdict_distorts_the_evidence_to_fit_an_absolute_it_dares_not_touch-and_a_censored_reality_is_the_result_a_splintered_reality_where_the_bits_you_chose_to_see_are_floating_among_the_chasms_of_those_you_didn’t_held_together_by_that_embalming_fluid_of_the_mind_which_is_an_emotion_exempted_from_thought. “whenever_you_rebel_against_causality_your_motive_is_the_fraudulent_desire_not_to_escape_it_but_worse:_to_reverse_it._you_want_unearned_love_as_if_love_the_effect_could_give_you_personal_value_the_cause-you_want_unearned_admiration_as_if_admiration_the_effect_could_give_you_virtue_the_cause-you_want_unearned_wealth_as_if_wealth_the_effect_could_give_you_ability_the_cause-you_plead_for_mercy_mercy_not_justice_as_if_an_unearned_forgiveness_could_wipe_out_the_cause_of_your_plea._and_to_indulge_your_ugly_little_shams_you_support_the_doctrines_of_your_teachers_while_they_run_hog-wild_proclaiming_that_spending_the_effect_creates_riches_the_cause_that_machinery_the_effect_creates_intelligence_the_cause_that_your_sexual_desires_the_effect_create_your_philosophical_values_the_cause. “while_you_were_dragging_to_your_sacrificial_altars_the_men_of_justice_of_independence_of_reason_of_wealth_of_self-esteem-i_beat_you_to_it_i_reached_them_first._i_told_them_the_nature_of_the_game_you_were_playing_and_the_nature_of_that_moral_code_of_yours_which_they_had_been_too_innocently_generous_to_grasp._i_showed_them_the_way_to_live_by_another_morality-mine._it_is_mine_that_they_chose_to_follow. “who_pays_for_the_orgy?_who_causes_the_causeless?_who_are_the_victims_condemned_to_remain_unacknowledged_and_to_perish_in_silence_lest_their_agony_disturb_your_pretense_that_they_do_not_exist?_we_are_we_the_men_of_the_mind. “who_provides_the_account_to_pay_these_claims?_those_who_are_cursed_for_being_non-zeros_each_to_the_extent_of_his_distance_from_that_ideal._since_all_values_are_the_product_of_virtues_the_degree_of_your_virtue_is_used_as_the_measure_of_your_penalty;_the_degree_of_your_faults_is_used_as_the_measure_of_your_gain._your_code_declares_that_the_rational_man_must_sacrifice_himself_to_the_irrational_the_independent_man_to_parasites_the_honest_man_to_the_dishonest_the_man_of_justice_to_the_unjust_the_productive_man_to_thieving_loafers_the_man_of_integrity_to_compromising_knaves_the_man_of_self-esteem_to_sniveling_neurotics._do_you_wonder_at_the_meanness_of_soul_in_those_you_see_around_you?_the_man_who_achieves_these_virtues_will_not_accept_your_moral_code;_the_man_who_accepts_your_moral_code_will_not_achieve_these_virtues. “whoever_is_now_within_reach_of_my_voice_whoever_is_man_the_victim_not_man_the_killer_i_am_speaking_at_the_deathbed_of_your_mind_at_the_brink_of_that_darkness_in_which_you’re_drowning_and_if_there_still_remains_within_you_the_power_to_struggle_to_hold_on_to_those_fading_sparks_which_had_been_yourself-use_it_now._the_word_that_has_destroyed_you_is_‘sacrifice.’_use_the_last_of_your_strength_to_understand_its_meaning._you’re_still_alive._you_have_a_chance. “whoever_you_are-you_who_are_alone_with_my_words_in_this_moment_with_nothing_but_your_honesty_to_help_you_understand-the_choice_is_still_open_to_be_a_human_being_but_the_price_is_to_start_from_scratch_to_stand_naked_in_the_face_of_reality_and_reversing_a_costly_historical_error_to_declare:_‘i_am_therefore_i’ll_think.’ “whoever_you_are_you_who_are_hearing_me_now_i_am_speaking_to_whatever_living_remnant_is_left_uncorrupted_within_you_to_the_remnant_of_the_human_to_your_mind_and_i_say:_there_is_a_morality_of_reason_a_morality_proper_to_man_and_man’s_life_is_its_standard_of_value. “yes_this_is_an_age_of_moral_crisis._yes_you_are_bearing_punishment_for_your_evil._but_it_is_not_man_who_is_now_on_trial_and_it_is_not_human_nature_that_will_take_the_blame._it_is_your_moral_code_that’s_through_this_time._your_moral_code_has_reached_its_climax_the_blind_alley_at_the_end_of_its_course._and_if_you_wish_to_go_on_living_what_you_now_need_is_not_to_return_to_morality-you_who_have_never_known_any-but_to_discover_it. “you-who_leap_like_a_savage_out_of_the_jungle_of_your_feelings_to_the_fifth_avenue_of_our_new_york_and_proclaim_that_you_want_to_keep_the_electric_lights_but_to_destroy_the_generators-it_is_our_wealth_that_you_use_while_destroying_us_it_is_our_values_that_you_use_while_damning_us_it_is_our_language_that_you_use_while_denying_the_mind. “you_are_told_that_moral_perfection_is_impossible_to_man-and_by_this_standard_it_is._you_cannot_achieve_it_so_long_as_you_live_but_the_value_of_your_life_and_of_your_person_is_gauged_by_how_closely_you_succeed_in_approaching_that_ideal_zero_which_is_death. “you_blank_it_out_and_cling_to_your_hypocrisy_of_‘faith’_in_order_to_blank_out_the_knowledge_that_the_looters_have_a_stranglehold_upon_you_which_consists_of_your_moral_code-that_the_looters_are_the_final_and_consistent_practitioners_of_the_morality_you’re_half-obeying_half-evading-that_they_practice_it_the_only_way_it_can_be_practiced:_by_turning_the_earth_into_a_sacrificial_furnace-that_your_morality_forbids_you_to_oppose_them_in_the_only_way_they_can_be_opposed:_by_refusing_to_become_a_sacrificial_animal_and_proudly_asserting_your_right_to_exist-that_in_order_to_fight_them_to_the_finish_and_with_full_rectitude_it_is_your_morality_that_you_have_to_reject. “you_blank_out_the_open_public_spectacle_of_the_looters’_fight_against_the_mind_and_the_fact_that_their_bloodiest_horrors_are_unleashed_to_punish_the_crime_of_thinking._you_blank_out_the_fact_that_most_mystics_of_muscle_started_out_as_mystics_of_spirit_that_they_keep_switching_from_one_to_the_other_that_the_men_you_call_materialists_and_spiritualists_are_only_two_halves_of_the_same_dissected_human_forever_seeking_completion_but_seeking_it_by_swinging_from_the_destruction_of_the_flesh_to_the_destruction_of_the_soul_and_vice_versa-that_they_keep_running_from_your_colleges_to_the_slave_pens_of_europe_to_an_open_collapse_into_the_mystic_muck_of_india_seeking_any_refuge_against_reality_any_form_of_escape_from_the_mind. “you_blank’_it_out_because_your_self-esteem_is_tied_to_‘that_mystic_‘unselfishness’_which_you’ve_never_possessed_or_practiced_but_spent_so_many_years_pretending_to_possess_that_the_thought_of_denouncing_it_fills_you_with_terror._no_value_is_higher_than_self-esteem_but_you’ve_invested_it_in_counterfeit_securities-and_now_your_morality_has_caught_you_in_a_trap_where_you_are_forced_to_protect_your_self-esteem_by_fighting_for_the_creed_of_self-destruction._the_grim_joke_is_on_you:_that_need_of_self-esteem_which_you’re_unable_to_explain_or_to_define_belongs_to_my_morality_not_yours;_it’s_the_objective_token_of_my_code_it_is_my_proof_within_your_own_soul. “you_did_not_care_to_compete_in_terms_of_intelligence-you_are_now_competing_in_terms_of_brutality._you_did_not_care_to_allow_rewards_to_be_won_by_successful_production-you_are_now_running_a_race_in_which_rewards_are_won_by_successful_plunder._you_called_it_selfish_and_cruel_that_men_should_trade_value_for_value-you_have_now_established_an_unselfish_society_where_they_trade_extortion_for_extortion._your_system_is_a_legal_civil_war_where_men_gang_up_on_one_another_and_struggle_for_possession_of_the_law_which_they_use_as_a_club_over_rivals_till_another_gang_wrests_it_from_their_clutch_and_clubs_them_with_it_in_their_turn_all_of_them_clamoring_protestations_of_service_to_an_unnamed_public’s_unspecified_good._you_had_said_that_you_saw_no_difference_between_economic_and_political_power_between_the_power_of_money_and_the_power_of_guns-no_difference_between_reward_and_punishment_no_difference_between_purchase_and_plunder_no_difference_between_pleasure_and_fear_no_difference_between_life_and_death._you_are_learning_the_difference_now. “you_fear_the_man_who_has_a_dollar_less_than_you_that_dollar_is_rightfully_his_he_makes_you_feel_like_a_moral_defrauder._you_hate_the_man_who_has_a_dollar_more_than_you_that_dollar_is_rightfully_yours_he_makes_you_feel_that_you_are_morally_defrauded._the_man_below_is_a_source_of_your_guilt_the_man_above_is_a_source_of_your_frustration._you_do_not_know_what_to_surrender_or_demand_when_to_give_and_when_to_grab_what_pleasure_in_life_is_rightfully_yours_and_what_debt_is_still_unpaid_to_others-you_struggle_to_evade_as_‘theory’_the_knowledge_that_by_the_moral_standard_you’ve_accepted_you_are_guilty_every_moment_of_your_life_there_is_no_mouthful_of_food_you_swallow_that_is_not_needed_by_someone_somewhere_on_earth-and_you_give_up_the_problem_in_blind_resentment_you_conclude_that_moral_perfection_is_not_to_be_achieved_or_desired_that_you_will_muddle_through_by_snatching_as_snatch_can_and_by_avoiding_the_eyes_of_the_young_of_those_who_look_at_you_as_if_self-esteem_were_possible_and_they_expected_you_to_have_it._guilt_is_all_that_you_retain_within_your_soul-and_so_does_every_other_man_as_he_goes_past_avoiding_your_eyes._do_you_wonder_why_your_morality_has_not_achieved_brotherhood_on_earth_or_the_good_will_of_man_to_man? “you_have_destroyed_all_that_which_you_held_to_be_evil_and_achieved_all_that_which_you_held_to_be_good._why_then_do_you_shrink_in_horror_from_the_sight_of_the_world_around_you?_that_world_is_not_the_product_of_your_sins_it_is_the_product_and_the_image_of_your_virtues._it_is_your_moral_ideal_brought_into_reality_in_its_full_and_final_perfection._you_have_fought_for_it_you_have_dreamed_of_it_and_you_have_wished_it_and_i-i_am_the_man_who_has_granted_you_your_wish. “you_have_heard_it_said_that_this_is_an_age_of_moral_crisis._you_have_said_it_yourself_half_in_fear_half_in_hope_that_the_words_had_no_meaning._you_have_cried_that_man’s_sins_are_destroying_the_world_and_you_have_cursed_human_nature_for_its_unwillingness_to_practice_the_virtues_you_demanded._since_virtue_to_you_consists_of_sacrifice_you_have_demanded_more_sacrifices_at_every_successive_disaster._in_the_name_of_a_return_to_morality_you_have_sacrificed_all_those_evils_which_you_held_as_the_cause_of_your_plight._you_have_sacrificed_justice_to_mercy._you_have_sacrificed_independence_to_unity._you_have_sacrificed_reason_to_faith._you_have_sacrificed_wealth_to_need._you_have_sacrificed_self-esteem_to_self-denial._you_have_sacrificed_happiness_to_duty. “you_have_heard_no_concepts_of_morality_but_the_mystical_or_the_social._you_have_been_taught_that_morality_is_a_code_of_behavior_imposed_on_you_by_whim_the_whim_of_a_supernatural_power_or_the_whim_of_society_to_serve_god’s_purpose_or_your_neighbor’s_welfare_to_please_an_authority_beyond_the_grave_or_else_next_door-but_not_to_serve_your_life_or_pleasure._your_pleasure_you_have_been_taught_is_to_be_found_in_immorality_your_interests_would_best_be_served_by_evil_and_any_moral_code_must_be_designed_not_for_you_but_against_you_not_to_further_your_life_but_to_drain_it. “you_have_reached_the_blind_alley_of_the_treason_you_committed_when_you_agreed_that_you_had_no_right_to_exist._once_you_believed_it_was_‘only_a_compromise’:_you_conceded_it_was_evil_to_live_for_yourself_but_moral_to_live_for_the_sake_of_your_children._then_you_conceded_that_it_was_selfish_to_live_for_your_children_but_moral_to_live_for_your_community._then_you_conceded_that_it_was_selfish_to_live_for_your_community_but_moral_to_live_for_your_country._now_you_are_letting_this_greatest_of_countries_be_devoured_by_any_scum_from_any_corner_of_the_earth_while_you_concede_that_it_is_selfish_to_live_for_your_country_and_that_your_moral_duty_is_to_live_for_the_globe._a_man_who_has_no_right_to_life_has_no_right_to_values_and_will_not_keep_them. “you_proclaim_yourself_unable_to_harness_the_forces_of_inanimate_matter_yet_propose_to_harness_the_minds_of_men_who_are_able_to_achieve_the_feats_you_cannot_equal._you_proclaim_that_you_cannot_survive_without_us_yet_propose_to_dictate_the_terms_of_our_survival._you_proclaim_that_you_need_us_yet_indulge_the_impertinence_of_asserting_your_right_to_rule_us_by_force-and_expect_that_we_who_are_not_afraid_of_that_physical_nature_which_fills_you_with_terror_will_cower_at_the_sight_of_any_lout_who_has_talked_you_into_voting_him_a_chance_to_command_us. “you_propose_to_establish_a_social_order_based_on_the_following_tenets:_that_you’re_incompetent_to_run_your_own_life_but_competent_to_run_the_lives_of_others-that_you’re_unfit_to_exist_in_freedom_but_fit_to_become_an_omnipotent_ruler-that_you’re_unable_to_earn_your_living_by_the_use_of_your_own_intelligence_but_able_to_judge_politicians_and_to_vote_them_into_jobs_of_total_power_over_arts_you_have_never_seen_over_sciences_you_have_never_studied_over_achievements_of_which_you_have_no_knowledge_over_the_gigantic_industries_where_you_by_your_own_definition_of_your_capacity_would_be_unable_successfully_to_fill_the_job_of_assistant_greaser. “you_seek_escape_from_pain._we_seek_the_achievement_of_happiness._you_exist_for_the_sake_of_avoiding_punishment._we_exist_for_the_sake_of_earning_rewards._threats_will_not_make_us_function;_fear_is_not_our_incentive._it_is_not_death_that_we_wish_to_avoid_but_life_that_we_wish_to_live. “you_wanted_to_know_john_galt’s_identity._i_am_the_man_who_has_asked_that_question. “you_who_are_half-rational_half-coward_have_been_playing_a_con_game_with_reality_but_the_victim_you_have_conned_is_yourself._when_men_reduce_their_virtues_to_the_approximate_then_evil_acquires_the_force_of_an_absolute_when_loyalty_to_an_unyielding_purpose_is_dropped_by_the_virtuous_it’s_picked_up_by_scoundrels-and_you_get_the_indecent_spectacle_of_a_cringing_bargaining_traitorous_good_and_a_self-righteously_uncompromising_evil._as_you_surrendered_to_the_mystics_of_muscle_when_they_told_you_that_ignorance_consists_of_claiming_knowledge_so_now_you_surrender_to_them_when_they_shriek_that_immorality_consists_of_pronouncing_moral_judgment._when_they_yell_that_it_is_selfish_to_be_certain_that_you_are_right_you_hasten_to_assure_them_that_you’re_certain_of_nothing._when_they_shout_that_it’s_immoral_to_stand_on_your_convictions_you_assure_them_that_you_have_no_convictions_whatever._when_the_thugs_of_europe’s_people’s_states_snarl_that_you_are_guilty_of_intolerance_because_you_don’t_treat_your_desire_to_live_and_their_desire_to_kill_you_as_a_difference_of_opinion-you_cringe_and_hasten_to_assure_them_that_you_are_not_intolerant_of_any_horror._when_some_barefoot_bum_in_some_pesthole_of_asia_yells_at_you:_how_dare_you_be_rich-you_apologize_and_beg_him_to_be_patient_and_promise_him_you’ll_give_it_all_away. “you_who_are_innocent_enough_to_believe_that_the_forces_let_loose_in_your_world_today_are_moved_by_greed_for_material_plunder-the_mystics’_scramble_for_spoils_is_only_a_screen_to_conceal_from_their_mind_the_nature_of_their_motive._wealth_is_a_means_of_human_life_and_they_clamor_for_wealth_in_imitation_of_living_beings_to_pretend_to_themselves_that_they_desire_to_live_but_their_swinish_indulgence_in_plundered_luxury_is_not_enjoyment_it_is_escape._they_do_not_want_to_own_your_fortune_they_want_you_to_lose_it;_they_do_not_want_to_succeed_they_want_you_to_fail;_they_do_not_want_to_live_they_want_you_to_die;_they_desire_nothing_they_hate_existence_and_they_keep_running_each_trying_not_to_learn_that_the_object_of_his_hatred_is_himself. “you_who_are_worshippers_of_the_zero-you_have_never_discovered_that_achieving_life_is_not_the_equivalent_of_avoiding_death._joy_is_not_‘the_absence_of_pain’_intelligence_is_not_‘the_absence_of_stupidity’_light_is_not_‘the_absence_of_darkness’_an_entity_is_not_‘the_absence_of_a_nonentity.’_building_is_not_done_by_abstaining_from_demolition;_centuries_of_sitting_and_waiting_in_such_abstinence_will_not_raise_one_single_girder_for_you_to_abstain_from_demolishing-and_now_you_can_no_longer_say_to_me_the_builder:_‘produce_and_feed_us_in_exchange_for_our_not_destroying_your_production.’_i_am_answering_in_the_name_of_all_your_victims:_perish_with_and_in_your_own_void._existence_is_not_a_negation_of_negatives._evil_not_value_is_an_absence_and_a_negation_evil_is_impotent_and_has_no_power_but_that_which_we_let_it_extort_from_us._perish_because_we_have_learned_that_a_zero_cannot_hold_a_mortgage_over_life. “you_who_dare_to_regard_us_as_the_moral_inferiors_of_any_mystic_who_claims_supernatural_visions-you_who_scramble_like_vultures_for_plundered_pennies_yet_honor_a_fortune-teller_above_a_fortune-maker-you_who_scorn_a_businessman_as_ignoble_but_esteem_any_posturing_artist_as_exalted-the_root_of_your_standards_is_that_mystic_miasma_which_comes_from_primordial_swamps_that_cult_of_death_which_pronounces_a_businessman_immoral_by_reason_of_the_fact_that_he_keeps_you_alive._you_who_claim_that_you_long_to_rise_above_the_crude_concerns_of_the_body_above_the_drudgery_of_serving_mere_physical_needs-who_is_enslaved_by_physical_needs:_the_hindu_who_labors_from_sunrise_to_sunset_at_the_shafts_of_a_hand-plow_for_a_bowl_of_rice_or_the_american_who_is_driving_a_tractor?_who_is_the_conqueror_of_physical_reality:_the_man_who_sleeps_on_a_bed_of_nails_or_the_man_who_sleeps_on_an_inner-spring_mattress?_which_is_the_monument_to_the_triumph_of_the_human_spirit_over_matter:_the_germ-eaten_hovels_on_the_shorelines_of_the_ganges_or_the_atlantic_skyline_of_new_york? “you_who_have_lost_the_concept_of_the_difference_you_who_claim_that_fear_and_joy_are_incentives_of_equal_power-and_secretly_add_that_fear_is_the_more_‘practical’-you_do_not_wish_to_live_and_only_fear_of_death_still_holds_you_to_the_existence_you_have_damned._you_dart_in_panic_through_the_trap_of_your_days_looking_for_the_exit_you_have_closed_running_from_a_pursuer_you_dare_not_name_to_a_terror_you_dare_not_acknowledge_and_the_greater_your_terror_the_greater_your_dread_of_the_only_act_that_could_save_you:_thinking._the_purpose_of_your_struggle_is_not_to_know_not_to_grasp_or_name_or_hear_the_thing._i_shall_now_state_to_your_hearing:_that_yours_is_the_morality_of_death. “you_who_have_no_standard_of_self-esteem_accept_the_guilt_and_dare_not_ask_the_questions._but_you_know_the_unadmitted_answer_refusing_to_acknowledge_what_you_see_what_hidden_premise_moves_your_world._you_know_it_not_in_honest_statement_but_as_a_dark_uneasiness_within_you_while_you_flounder_between_guilty_cheating_and_grudgingly_practicing_a_principle_too_vicious_to_name. “you_who_prattle_that_morality_is_social_and_that_man_would_need_no_morality_on_a_desert_island-it_is_on_a_desert_island_that_he_would_need_it_most._let_him_try_to_claim_when_there_are_no_victims_to_pay_for_it_that_a_rock_is_a_house_that_sand_is_clothing_that_food_will_drop_into_his_mouth_without_cause_or_effort_that_he_will_collect_a_harvest_tomorrow_by_devouring_his_stock_seed_today-and_reality_will_wipe_him_out_as_he_deserves;_reality_will_show_him_that_life_is_a_value_to_be_bought_and_that_thinking_is_the_only_coin_noble_enough_to_buy_it. “you_who_speak_of_a_‘moral_instinct’_as_if_it_were_some_separate_endowment_opposed_to_reason-man’s_reason_is_his_moral_faculty._a_process_of_reason_is_a_process_of_constant_choice_in_answer_to_the_question:_true_or_false?-right_or_wrong?_is_a_seed_to_be_planted_in_soil_in_order_to_grow-right_or_wrong?_is_a_man’s_wound_to_be_disinfected_in_order_to_save_his_life-right_or_wrong?_does_the_nature_of_atmospheric_electricity_permit_it_to_be_converted_into_kinetic_power-right_or_wrong?_it_is_the_answers_to_such_questions_that_gave_you_everything_you_have-and_the_answers_came_from_a_man’s_mind_a_mind_of_intransigent_devotion_to_that_which_is_right. “you_who’re_depraved_enough_to_believe_that_you_could_adjust_yourself_to_a_mystic’s_dictatorship_and_could_please_him_by_obeying_his_orders-there_is_no_way_to_please_him;_when_you_obey_he_will_reverse_his_orders;_he_seeks_obedience_for_the_sake_of_obedience_and_destruction_for_the_sake_of_destruction._you_who_are_craven_enough_to_believe_that_you_can_make_terms_with_a_mystic_by_giving_in_to_his_extortions-there_is_no_way_to_buy_him_off_the_bribe_he_wants_is_your_life_as_slowly_or_as_fast_as_you_are_willing_to_give_it_in-and_the_monster_he_seeks_to_bribe_is_the_hidden_blank-out_in_his_mind_which_drives_him_to_kill_in_order_not_to_learn_that_the_death_he_desires_is_his_own. “you_who’ve_lost_the_concept_of_a_right_you_who_swing_in_impotent_evasiveness_between_the_claim_that_rights_are_a_gift_of_god_a_supernatural_gift_to_be_taken_on_faith_or_the_claim_that_rights_are_a_gift_of_society_to_be_broken_at_its_arbitrary_whim-the_source_of_man’s_rights_is_not_divine_law_or_congressional_law_but_the_law_of_identity._a_is_a-and_man_is_man._rights_are_conditions_of_existence_required_by_man’s_nature_for_his_proper_survival._if_man_is_to_live_on_earth_it_is_right_for_him_to_use_his_mind_his_right_to_act_on_his_own_free_judgment_it_is_right_to_work_for_his_values_and_to_keep_the_product_of_his_work._if_life_on_earth_is_his_purpose_he_has_a_right_to_live_as_a_rational_being:_nature_forbids_him_the_irrational._any_group_any_gang_any_nation_that_attempts_to_negate_man’s_rights_is_wrong_which_means:_is_evil_which_means:_is_anti-life. “you_who’ve_never_grasped_the_nature_of_evil_you_who_describe_them_as_‘misguided_idealists’-may_the_god_you_invented_forgive_you!-they_are_the_essence_of_evil_they_those_anti-living_objects_who_seek_by_devouring_the_world_to_fill_the_selfless_zero_of_their_soul._it_is_not_your_wealth_that_they’re_after._theirs_is_a_conspiracy_against_the_mind_which_means:_against_life_and_man. “you_will_win_when_you_are_ready_to_pronounce_the_oath_i_have_taken_at_the_start_of_my_battle-and_for_those_who_wish_to_know_the_day_of_my_return_i_shall_now_repeat_it_to_the_hearing_of_the_world: “your_code-which_boasts_that_it_upholds_eternal_absolute_objective_moral_values_and_scorns_the_conditional_the_relative_and_the_subjective-your_code_hands_out_as_its_version_of_the_absolute_the_following_rule_of_moral_conduct:_if_you_wish_it_it’s_evil;_if_others_wish_it_it’s_good;_if_the_motive_of_your_action_is_your_welfare_don’t_do_it;_if_the_motive_is_the_welfare_of_others_then_anything_goes. “your_code_divides_mankind_into_two_castes_and_commands_them_to_live_by_opposite_rules:_those_who_may_desire_anything_and_those_who_may_desire_nothing_the_chosen_and_the_demand_the_riders_and_the_carriers_the_eaters_and_the_eaten._what_standard_determines_your_caste?_what_passkey_admits_you_to_the_moral_elite?_the_passkey_is_lack_of_value. “your_ideal_had_an_implacable_enemy_which_your_code_of_morality_was_designed_to_destroy._i_have_withdrawn_that_enemy._i_have_taken_it_out_of_your_way_and_out_of_your_reach._i_have_removed_the_source_of_all_those_evils_you_were_sacrificing_one_by_one._i_have_ended_your_battle._i_have_stopped_your_motor._i_have_deprived_your_world_of_man’s_mind. “your_morality_tells_you_to_renounce_the_material_world_and_to_divorce_your_values_from_matter._a_man_whose_values_are_given_no_expression_in_material_form_whose_existence_is_unrelated_to_his_ideals_whose_actions_contradict_his_convictions_is_a_cheap_little_hypocrite-yet_that_is_the_man_who_obeys_your_morality_and_divorces_his_values_from_matter._the_man_who_loves_one_woman_but_sleeps_with_another-the_man_who_admires_the_talent_of_a_worker_but_hires_another-the_man_who_considers_one_cause_to_be_just_but_donates_his_money_to_the_support_of_another-the_man_who_holds_high_standards_of_craftsmanship_but_devotes_his_effort_to_the_production_of_trash-these_are_the_men_who_have_renounced_matter_the_men_who_believe_that_the_values_of_their_spirit_cannot_be_brought_into_material_reality. “your_teachers_the_mystics_of_both_schools_have_reversed_causality_in_their_consciousness_then_strive_to_reverse_it_in_existence._they_take_their_emotions_as_a_cause_and_their_mind_as_a_passive_effect._they_make_their_emotions_their_tool_for_perceiving_reality._they_hold_their_desires_as_an_irreducible_primary_as_a_fact_superseding_all_facts._an_honest_man_does_not_desire_until_he_has_identified_the_object_of_his_desire._he_says:_‘it_is_therefore_i_want_it.’_they_say:_‘i_want_it_therefore_it_is.’ “‘sacrifice’_does_not_mean_the_rejection_of_the_worthless_but_of_the_precious._‘sacrifice’_does_not_mean_the_rejection_of_the_evil_for_the_sake_of_the_good_but_of_the_good_for_the_sake_of_the_evil._‘sacrifice’_is_the_surrender_of_that_which_you_value_in_favor_of_that_which_you_don’t. “‘we_know_that_we_know_nothing’_they_chatter_blanking_out_the_fact_that_they_are_claiming_knowledge-’there_are_not_absolutes’_they_chatter_blanking_out_the_fact_that_they_are_uttering_an_absolute-’you_cannot_prove_that_you_exist_or_that_you’re_conscious’_they_chatter_blanking_out_the_fact_that_proof_presupposes_existence_consciousness_and_a_complex_chain_of_knowledge:_the_existence_of_something_to_know_of_a_consciousness_able_to_know_it_and_of_a_knowledge_that_has_learned_to_distinguish_between_such_concepts_as_the_proved_and_the_unproved.
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