Why I now identify as an Effective Altruist

The Listless Guilt

Seeing the dark world vs tolerifying

  • “It’s not my problem.”
  • “If I helped it might create bad incentives. It might tell people they don’t have to help themselves.”
  • “The problem is too big. If I helped, I’d only be able to affect a negligible amount of people.”
  • “Most volunteer organizations are about making volunteers feel good, not about creating lasting change.”
  • “My donations would probably be spent on advertising instead of actually helping.”

Tribalism vs aesthetics

Self care and great expectations

How I’ll change the future



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Ben Mann

Ben Mann

Software engineer, tinkerer, aspiring mad scientist