What do you think?

is man’s 
only basic virtue,
from which 
all the others proceed.
And his basic vice,
the source of all his evils,
is that nameless act
which all of you practice,
but struggle never to admit:
the act of blanking out,
the willful suspension of one’s consciousness,
the refusal to think :
not blindness, 
but the refusal to see;
not ignorance, 
but the refusal to know.

It is the act of 
your mind
and inducing 
an inner fog 
to escape  
the responsibility 
of judgment

on the unstated premise 
that a thing 
will not exist 
if only you 
to identify it,

A will not be A 
so long as you 
do not pronounce 
the verdict 
“It is.”
    Non-thinking is
    an act of annihilation,
    a wish to negate existence,
    an attempt to wipe out reality.
      But existence exists;
      is not to be wiped out, 
      it will merely 
      wipe out the wiper.
      By refusing to say 
      “It is,”
      you are refusing to say 
      “I am.

      By suspending  
      your judgment,
      you are  
      your person.
      When a man declares: 
      “Who am I to know?”
      he is declaring: 
      “Who am I to live?”

       Ayn Rand : Galt's Speech - For the New Intellectual