Values and Ethics

John Galt:
"There is only one fundamental alternative in the universe:existance or non-existance-and int pertains to single class of entities:to the living organisms.The existance of inanimate matter is unconditinal,the existance of life is not.It depends upon specific course of action.Matter is in desetructible.it changes its forms,but it can not cease to exist.It is only a living organism that faces a constant alternative:the issue of life or death.Life is process of self sustainig & self-generating action.If organism fails in that action it dies;its chemical elements remains,but its life goes out of existance.It is only the concept of 'Life'that makes the concept of 'Values' possible.It is only to the living entity that things can be good or bad."
-Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)