Count on Geeks to Rescue the Earth
“We’re very good at processing the plight of tiny groups of people but horrible at conceptualizing the suffering of large ones.”
“We’ll donate thousands of dollars to bring a single African war orphan to the US for lifesaving surgery, but we don’t offer much money or political pressure to stop widespread genocides in Rwanda or Darfur.”
“We tend to think that the way to address disease and death is to have more empathy. But maybe that’s precisely wrong. Perhaps we should avoid leaders who “feel your pain,” because their feelings will crap out at, you know, eight people.”
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