(rational) selfishness as your prime motive = life
duty to sacrifice = death
“A doctrine that gives you, as an ideal, the role of a sacrificial animal seeking slaughter on the altars of others, is giving you death as your standard.” – John Galt’s speech, Atlas Shrugged
If you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, see if you can find a copy of Galt’s speech online somewhere. It really does come down to the fact that any notion whatsoever that says a man is obliged or otherwise duty bound to give up something that he spent his time, mind and effort (life) to gain for the sake of another, really is extolling ‘death’ as a virtue.
Of course, the thing that the altruists try to do is to find the amount you are willing to tolerate of them forcibly taking your livelihood without revolting in mass against them.
This means ANY notion of duty, requirement, pre-requisite or any other assigned notion of your being compelled to give up something you earned without compensation AND individual motive (choice) and reward is the philosophy of death.
A requirement to forfeit your life is a requirement to die. The rest is just a matter of degrees.
This goes for religions, governments, environmentalism, animal “rights”, etc.
It is in your best interest to protect your environment. It can be in your self interest to help your neighbor. You can gain value from supporting charities. You gain value by supporting a government that protects it’s citizens against undue threats.
Social welfare is not a function of a rational government, and any notion that is not ‘by choice’ of the individual is the virtue of allowing another to take of your life against your will.
(see also: Money = Life)