To care or not to care

by Andrea Elizabeth

(from the last half of the first chapter of Atlas Shrugged)

“Ellis Wyatt is not asking anybody to give him a chance. And I’m not in business to give chances. I’m running a railroad.”

“That’s an extremely narrow view, it seems to me. I don’t see why we should want to help one man instead of a whole nation.”

“I’m not interested in helping anybody. I want to make money.”

“That’s an impractical attitude. Selfish greed for profit is a thing of the past. It has been generally conceded that the interests of society as a whole must always be placed first in any business undertaking which…”

“How long do you intend to talk in order to evade the issue, Jim?”

My, she sounds cold. But he sounds impotently vague. Hmmm.