Ludwig von Mises

“While all other animals are unconditionally driven by the impulse to preserve their own and by the impulse of proliferation, man has the power to master even these impulses. He can control both his sexual desires and his will to live. He can give up his life when the conditions under which alone he could preserve it seem intolerable. Man is capable of dying for a cause of committing suicide. To live is for man the outcome of a choice, of a judgement of value.”

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