no conflict of interest

“Did it ever occur to you that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires–if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? There is no conflict, and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another–if men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn’t. The business man who wishes to gain a market by throttling a superior competitor, the worker who wants a share of his employer’s wealth, the artist who envies a rival’s higher talent–they’re all wishing facts out of existence, and destruction is the only means of their wish. If they pursue it, they will not achieve a market, a fortune or an immortal fame–they will merely destroy production, employment and art. A wish for the irrational is not to be achieved, whether the sacrificial lambs are willing or not. But men will not cease to desire the impossible and will not lose their longing to destroy–so long as self-destruction and self-sacrifice are preached to them as the practical means of achieving the happiness of the recipients.”

–John Galt, Atlas Shrugged Part III Chapter II

One thought on “no conflict of interest

  1. one ought to note: “no conflict of interest” is only half the story, telling us of duty, safety, perhaps, peace and best beginnings, but it tells us nothing of love, success, prosperity, fruition—this is the rest of the story.

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