“Why is it so important what – others have done? Why does it become sacred by the mere fact of not being your own? Why is anyone and everyone right – so long it’s not yourself? Why does the number of those others take the place of truth? Why is truth made a mere matter of arithmetic – and only addition at that! Why is everything twisted out of all sense to fit everything else? There must be some reason. I don’t know. I’ve never known it. I’d like to understand.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

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