A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place – Egoistic Altruism

  • Published on: 18 March 2018
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    A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place
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  • Frask
    Frask   6 hours ago

    Its a horrible day outside...Bees are dyingSky is pollutedOn days like these, humans like usS h o u l d b e b u r n i n g i n h e l l =)

  • Goosey Fish
    Goosey Fish   9 hours ago

    do you like being alive?Guys I think kurzgesagt is going to Court this Sunday.

  • Vincent Visser
    Vincent Visser   12 hours ago

    Problem is that the invested money gets lost along the way. The more you invest, the more expensive a product/service becomes. Its nice to theorize about this ideal world, but when the 1% keep skimming all the cream of the top, there will never be enough cream for the less fortunate. So, you end up becoming just as competitive and selfish as the people you despise in order to take what others worked harder than you to produce. It is true that all the new technology and science does eventually make its way to the mainstream consumer, but it happens at such a slow rate that innovation outruns deployment which ends up causing increased income inequality. Trying to leverage it back into balance is really hard and can lead to critically stable economic models. How do you put a monetary value on productivity? How can two people who work the same hours and deliver the same amount of end product not receive the same monetary compensation for their effort? One is just better at negotiation and as such is promoted faster than the other, even though both deliver the same results. If both were to receive the same promotions, the big boss would just increase the selling price of the business offers. This loops back on the workers and now they have to work harder just to sustain the same level of living comfort. Then we account for automation and the internet where everyone becomes more diverse, so now people get laid off simply because the business no longer requires their inputs. These people could start their own businesses, which then encourages competitiveness and selfishness. The world no longer cares about whether a person's needs are looked after just for the sake of it. There are always strings attached. Make your workers happier because then they will give you more effort and you can exploit them further.It is the way things are for now and until we can convince ourselves that there is enough to go around for everyone, nobody will be satisfied. Or am I just talking nonsense? Where do we start to improve the system?

  • DanglingHammer
    DanglingHammer   1 days ago

    "The production of iron increased in Britain" did it???? They just stole from Indians And then you say you spend a lot on research

  • Edan Lian
    Edan Lian   1 days ago

    0:391 like = 1 fifth of a pie slice for birthday bird ;(

  • Jaka Lazar
    Jaka Lazar   1 days ago

    Did anyone else read it Egoistic Autism

  • David Eckert
    David Eckert   1 days ago

    Thanos was right. Somewhat. The universe does appear to have finite resources. Eventually, if not humans, one society that advances far enough will use them all up. We have to seek balance.

  • Ryan Ambrose
    Ryan Ambrose   2 days ago

    Said the bacterial culture in the petri dish on the 59th minute.

  • D.K Weeks
    D.K Weeks   3 days ago

    Unfortunately if "well-off" means the standard that most Western civilizations hold (primarily the USA), there are just too many people on the planet to sustain that. We would run out of resources so fast that this kind of progress could not happen. As odd as it sounds, I wish we had less people on the planet. The less people there are, the easier it becomes to solve things like poverty. There are too many people in the world for us to help

    ALOK SINGH   3 days ago

    Once we start living for each other, we'll be like the cells of our own body which live for each other. We will be supporting the life of an earth organism by acting co-dependent cells of it's body.

    LODIELIE B   3 days ago

    People are so sick it hurts Many diseases probably already have real permanent cures, but they “don’t want to say it”. Because they make more money of inhibiting drugs. If the person is fully cured, then they don’t make any more money! Take Aids for example

  • Domihork
    Domihork   4 days ago

    But... The western world is rich because eastern world is poorer... And northern world is richer because southern world is even more poor...Look at the double standard of food quality in the EU... The former Eastern block has not only worse quality of products from international companies but it's also often more expensive while the salaries are ridiculously low compared to the west. Allowing the western countries to live in comfort of having high salaries and low prices... Because the eastern countries are paying for it..

  • Tim Fode
    Tim Fode   4 days ago

    I don't disagree, but I want sources supporting your argument. Please and thank you.

  • FrostiMintz
    FrostiMintz   5 days ago

    We've been living with innovation for around long 0.000000000000000000000001%of the lifespan of humanityMe: that's a long time on the loading screen

  • Cobalt Commander
    Cobalt Commander   5 days ago

    Studies show employees with higher pay buy more shit companies are trying to sell

  • Off-Grid Optimist
    Off-Grid Optimist   5 days ago

    Oh no, starting to feel like this is a very capitalist driven Channel...

  • Dubious
    Dubious   6 days ago

    But what if you're aware that the world is shit and still want to make it a better place.

  • Вест Ист
    Вест Ист   6 days ago

    No! Stupid people will stay stupid. You cant make millions of africans and indians educated. It is not worth it. Better to spend this money to develope your own people.

  • alpha sheep
    alpha sheep   6 days ago

    those who disliked this vid probably voted for trump

  • Draqson
    Draqson   6 days ago

    Does this align with given ressources? Can every person on earth live my lavish life and can earth provide? I already have the feeling that 1billion is creating enough environmental problems, that this times seven sounds harsh. Sure 7times more people commited to the energy-crysis etc. but meh... is there really a solution to the endless demand of an evergrowing society?

  • Omid R.G
    Omid R.G   6 days ago

    Kurzgesagt : Every 6th person in the world dies of cancer and you might be one of them.Me : I hate when that happens ...

  • Callen
    Callen   1 weeks ago

    that bird at 0:40 crying makes me so sad :(

  • S G
    S G   1 weeks ago

    Speculative bullshit "their kids may spend some time and develop something useful to you".Like the LGBT culture? Black racebaiting for profit? Absurd feminist islam?I'll take what the European intellectuals produce, which comprises most of your content, thanks.

  • S G
    S G   1 weeks ago

    Then humans discovered that stacking many levels multiplies output accordingly.I don't care about humans half a continent away, because they're monsters and warmongers, why import evil from overseas?

  • Nidhogg
    Nidhogg   1 weeks ago

    6:23 africans have already a space program. Look up on youtube "african space program" ...