"'Listen to me: life's not about principles; it's about happiness.'
'But if you don't have any principles, and if you don't have faith, you can't be happy at all,' said Kadife.
'That's true. But in a brutal country like ours, where human life is "cheap", it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideals? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.'"
--Orhan Pamuk, Snow
Reminded me of a conversation I had with someone once about Ayn Rand and Communism, and how it can make people. The idea was that it’s easy to be selfless when you have salvation, when you know your Father will take care of you and you have hope for eternal life with him. It would make sense that someone like Ayn Rand would live a life based on the philosophy of selfishness, and how can we be so quick to judge? Because with them, if they don’t do things based on themselves, and for themselves, they’ll starve or go crazy, while we know that in the end God has us, and nothing can take that away. Thought it was interesting.