Surrendering once moral autonomy

The spread of drug addiction among young people brought up on today’s intellectual fashions, demonstrates the unbearable inner state of men who are deprived of their means of cognition and who seek to escape from reality – from the terror of their impotence to deal with existence. Observe these young people’s dread of independence and their frantic deisre to “belong.” to attach themselves to some group, cilque or gang. Most of them have never heard of philosophy, but they sense that they need some fundamental answers to questions they dare to ask – and they hope their the tribe will tell themhow to live. They are ready to be taken over by any witch doctor, guru, or dictator. One of the most dangerous things a man can do is to surrender his moral autonomy to others.

Ayn Rand