The Virtue of Selfishness Test 02

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The Virtue of Selfishness Test 02

1) The proper function of consciousness is: [p.40]

2) Faith cannot be circumscribed or delimited; to surrender one’s consciousness by an inch, is to surrender one’s consciousness in total. [p.42]

3) Self-sacrifice means and can only mean – mind sacrifice. [p.45]

4) A sacrifice is: [p.50]

5) Fill in the blank: The virtue involved in helping those one loves is not “self-sacrifice” or “sacrifice,” but _______. [p.52]

6) Fill in the blank: _________ is loyalty to one’s convictions and values; it is the policy of acting in accordance with one’s values, of expressing, upholding and translating them into practical reality. [p.53]

7) Poverty, ignorance, illness and other problems of that kind are not metaphysical emergencies. [p.55]

8) Fill in the blank: The altruist ethics is based on a “_______________” metaphysics. [p.56]

9) There are no conflicts of interest between rational men. [p.57]

10) There are four interrelated considerations which are involved in a rational man’s view of his interests. [p.57]

11) A man’s interests are sacrificed whenever a desire of his is frustrated. [p. 57-58]

12) A rational man is guided by his thinking; he does not act until he is able to say: “I want it because it is right.” [p.58]

13) Fill in the blank: ___________ is one of the chief psychological tools of evasion. [p.59]

14) The achievement of self-interest requires that a man be omniscient, infallible or clairvoyant. [p.59]

15) In regard to one’s desires, there are two major ways of context-dropping: [p.59]

16) Living in a society absolves a man from the responsibility of supporting his own life. [p.60]

17) Like any other value, love is not a static quantity to be divided, but an unlimited response to be earned. [p.63]

18) Is a man’s willingness to die to save the life of the woman he loves an example of self-sacrifice? [p.67]

19) Is a man’s willingness to risk death to escape a dictatorship an example of self-sacrifice? [p.68]

20) The issue of an action’s selfishness or unselfishness depends on whether or not one wants perform it. [p.68]

21) There are, broadly, five (interconnected) areas that allow man to experience the enjoyment of life: [p.72]

22) For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality. [p.74]

23) A man falls in love with and sexually desires another person predominantly based on physical appearance. [p.77]

24) The men who seemingly live for nothing but the sensation of the moment, who are concerned only with having “a good time” are psychologically incapable of enjoying pleasure as an end in itself. [p.77-78]

25) The effect of pleasure on a man of self-esteem is that of a reward and a confirmation. The effect of pleasure on a man who lacks self-esteem is that of a threat – the threat of anxiety. [p.78]

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