...Objectivism "gave" us that formula and it is this:
Thou shalt not ever never never ever Call a trade a sacrifice nor...... a sacrifice a trade. Which is to say you should NEVER make the equation:

   trade = sacrifice  NOR   sacrifice = trade

For more on this see keyword:sacrifice in The Ayn Rand Lexicon

This makes one wonder if perhaps the notion of "balance" in modern life should not mean "equal" --as in equal amounts of good and bad-- but rather should be a concept aimed more at "homeostatic" --as in "just the right amount of the required good ingredient, neither too much nor too little but exactly, precisely what is required"*.

A trade is a trade and a sacrifice is a sacrifice and never the twain shall meet.


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