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“The precept: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” . . . is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself.

There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims.

The moral principle to adopt in this issue, is: “Judge, and be prepared to be judged.”


Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism
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The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism by Ayn Rand
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