This post is part of our original series "Why Ayn Rand Laughs" Why Ayn Rand Laughs is our original series that will survey the author's sense of life. Because our only lives are our highest value, living them to their fullest, and defending the rights of others, are our only moral duties. Rights are moral principles derived from reason applied to empirical evidence, as are freely chosen principles for living. Rational egoism is rooted in the enjoyment of your material, spiritual, and social pursuits. Independence is not easy, but active minds can laugh with confidence about a happy future.
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