Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Adri Tormo.

A Framework for Doing Good

Do good unless, to do so, you would have to sacrifice your long-term happiness.

The famous pond thought experiment

Does proximity matter?

Does the number of potential saviors matter?

The tragedy of the commons

The strong version

The moderate version

The human version

It is our moral duty to do good

Happiness is the universal currency

Lifting others up instead of drowning together

The girl saves herself:     5%
You save the girl: 60%
You come back unharmed: 30% (50% of 60%)
You are maimed for life: 30% (50% of 60%)
You don’t save the girl: 40%
You die: 40% (100% of 40%)
Value of the girl's life:        1
Value of your life: 1
Value of your life when maimed: ⅔
P(the girl survives) = 5%
P(you survive): 100%
E(lives) = 1 * 5% + 1 * 100% = 1.05
P(the girl survives) = 60%
P(you survive): 30% + ⅔ * 30% = 50%
E(lives) = 1 * 60% + 1 * 50% = 1.1

Bookworm (but I sometimes go on real adventures) · Obsessive thinker · Inconsistent writer · “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.” — Douglas Adams

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store