"In the name of the best within you,
do not sacrifice this world 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.

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.

You will win when you are ready to pronounce the oath
I have taken at the start of my battle...

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.
"


from ATLAS SHRUGGED
by Ayn Rand
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Victor|Victim

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