Through the traditional definition of self interest, many would describe it as the pursuit of happiness regardless of other’s interest and well being. Seemingly a selfish viewpoint in life, Rand twists this definition and states that, self interest is indeed the standard of morality, and selflessness is the deepest immorality.¹ We are denying our very existence by rejecting the well being of the self. One must see oneself as an end in oneself; doing what is in our own interest even if we must sacrifice ourselves.¹ And in that we also cannot abuse the purpose of others as servants to achieve one’s own interest. Rand describes these goals as The Virtue of Selfishness, the act of self responsibility.¹
Ayn Rand describes that one is responsible for sustaining and enhancing one’s own life. It is solely up to us to establish what values are necessary.¹ A woman has the right to uphold the foundation of her well being and if that requires an abortion to achieving what is in her best interest, than it is only her own responsibility to sustain that foundation. As each woman chooses what values will enhance the quality of her existence, she must do what is best to achieve those values. Choosing the path of an abortion can be seen as virtuous, as it implements a woman’s responsibility to... [continues]
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