RE: Ethical basics

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 18:42:35 MST

At 07:18 PM 1/24/02 -0500, Jerry Mitchell wrote:

>Why is altruism even a virtue?
>What have others done to garner the results of my efforts?

[Rand blah blah]

Jerry, did your parents apply this creepy calculus to their expenditures
when you were an infant?

How is it that you are asking these questions in a common human language?
Invented it yourself entirely as `the results of your efforts'? Bought it
off the shelf after you earned your first few hundred dollars?

If you must, think `pay forward'. (I'm not citing the movie, which I
haven't seen, but the idea's the same.) Think of how four one dimensional
sticks joined correctly make a 3D tetrahedron, even if only one of the
sticks is smart enough or generous enough or empathic enough to invite the
other three along.

Damien Broderick

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