1. "A consciousness that doubts its own efficacy is in a monstrously intolerable state. Yet men abuse, subvert, and starve their consciousness in a manner they would not dream of applying to their hair, toenails, or stomachs. They know that these things have a specific identity and specific requirements, and if one wishes to preserve them, one must comb one’s hair, trim one’s toenails, and refrain from swallowing rat poison. But one’s mind needs nothing and can swallow anything— or so most people believe— and they go on believing it while they toss in agony on a psychologist’s couch screaming that their mind keeps them in a state of chronic terror for no reason whatever.”

    - “Our Cultural Value-Deprivation” by Ayn Rand