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Why isn't everyone doing it? - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Why isn't everyone doing it?
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dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: July 15th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, there's a context shift in there. My previous context: in a spherical frictionless world... your context is "yes, but in the reality -we- live in". :)

So in my spherical frictionless cow universe, a lot of things are set up differently: minor details like "everyone agrees with dcltdw (the Fount of All Wisdom) that Society spending significant money on schools is a good thing" and major details like "those who are good at X go off and do X" where X is anything. Mmm dictatorial central control of people's lives: clearly, a good way to run society. *nods sagely* :) It'd help if dcltdw (the Fount of All Wisdom) were accepted as God-Emperor of Earth, and I'm working on that. ;) To be *slightly* serious, I feel like there's a lot of merit to individuals saying, "okay, the trend is that a person in my spot goes off and does X. Do I really want to do that?", and now I could rapidly slide back towards the spherical cow about "and how do we teach people to have enough self-confidence to resist social pressure without resorting to senseless reactionary behavior" annnnd yeaaaah. :)

So, if I join you in this reality, then... hmm. I feel tempted to go off on a "each day, you only have $X money and 24 hours and $Z energy, so where do you spend it?" discussion, and really, I wouldn't be surprised if we were largely in agreement on the underlying principles.

And I think most people are happier if they don't get to make only one contribution to the world

Oh, totally agreed. :)
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