I have an old card that I’ve kept for a long time that has a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.”
I kept this card because the first time I read it I noticed what it didn’t say. It didn’t say “to maximize financial return on investment”. It didn’t say “to look out for one’s own interests with no concern for others”. It didn’t say “to make sure you are insulated from other people’s problems”.
Libertarians think that the interpersonal relationships that are forced upon us by living within a community are chains that must be broken before we can be truly free. They are wrong. Those relationships are the very things that make life worth living.