Ayn Rand uses ‘selfishness’ to mean ‘self-interest‘. Even Christians are self-interested. Ayn Rand’s definition of sacrifice is more narrow than the common than the common usage of the idea.
The more common understanding of sacrifice makes it easier to order our values. Most would agree that we should never subjugate something of greater value to something of lesser value. It’s a “no brainer”, a straw man. It’s obviously bad. But intentionally doing without something in order to gain something of greater value (as in the dessert example) is clearly virtuous by both the Christian and the Randian definition.
The question that combines self-interest and sacrifice is this: What is the highest value for which, in my own best interest, I will sacrifice anything else? To follow the philosophy of Ayn Rand, I must choose the highest value and give myself wholly to it.
Am I my own highest value or is there some value greater than me?
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The Soul of Atlas by Mark David Henderson
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