From: Lawrence Foard (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 10:22:34 MST
On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, Randall Randall wrote:
> Even a population made up of exclusively altruistic individuals
> would require those individuals to pretend self-interest in
> order to find an optimal solution to goods distribution, no?
And why wouldn't a society where individuals worked only in others
interests not work? Imagine that the pleasure reward from service
is proportional to the good done by the act. For example while cleaning
sewers is an unpleasant task, its a task which accomplishs a great
deal of good (preventing sewer backup), and would be a highly desirable
task for the altruistic minded organism.
Humans as currently wired have a mix of self interest and altruistic
pleasure. Even as we are altruistic pleasure can be one of the greatest
-- Laughter-Confusion, Pleasure-Pain, Happyness-Sadness, Excitement-Fear, Love-Hate, etc. The true primary emotions, a modifier makes each into two. This modifier is acceptance/unacceptance. Let go, surrender, accept... Be a counter terrorist perpetrate random senseless acts of kindness
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