Sunday, June 12, 2005

Wired wrong

"Men have been taught that the highest virtue is
not to achieve, but to give. Yet one cannot give
that which has not been created. Creation comes
before distribution- or there will be nothing to
distribute. The need of the creator comes before
the need of any possible beneficiary. Yet we are
taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses
gifts he has not produced above the man who made
the gifts possible. We praise an act of charity.
We shrug at an act of achievement."
-- Ayn Rand