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There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life. Life is a process of self- sustaining and self-generated action; the right to life means the right to engage in self-sustaining and self-generated action-which means: the freedom to take all the actions required by the nature of a rational being for the support, the furtherance, the fulfillment and the enjoyment of his own life. (Such is the meaning of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)--- Ayn Rand.

let me use Meth as an example, then, of something which should be refused use by any man as its use clearly warps and distorts self-sustaining and self-generated action. There are things, and alcohol in some cases is one of them, that will take away the "rationality of a being". how should we handle such destructive substances?

asked Mar 31 '11 at 23:05

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edited Mar 31 '11 at 23:54

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You have the right to take your own life. Would you?

If you would, then what would be your reasoning? What would be the value that you put above the waking for just one more morning on this planet? How would you know the answers to those questions if it were not yours to make?

Anything other than suicide is less than suicide. If you do retain the right to your own life and therefore to take your own life, then you certainly retain the right to harm it. That right does not equate to your actions being rational to your happiness if that is your goal.

(Mar 31 '11 at 23:56) dreadrocksean dreadrocksean's gravatar image

One should avoid them.

answered Apr 01 '11 at 00:01

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