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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    But if one person isn't doing their best, the entire society suffers. This is unacceptable and immoral, and we should treat it as it is. Why would you propose that I not contribute? If I'm not working, the whole system isn't working. Specialization exacerbates this phenomenon, and we are a specialized society already. We may have a huge population, but everyone has specific tasks to do. You have probably experienced, in your life, a person who is not doing their job. These people are absolutely terrible. They are just as hated in a socialist society as they are in a capitalist society, and we know this. It isn't even something we should have to preach, it's simple.
    Would you work if you didn't have to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Yes, I know I would.

    The bold part only tells me you probably aren't curious about how that might be possible.
    Are you Marm? This was directed at Marm, who I don't believe is terribly altruistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenaphor View Post
    Are you Marm? This was directed at Marm, who I don't believe is terribly altruistic.
    You don't think I'm altruistic? That's quite bizarre. You don't even know me. I consider myself to be an altruistic individual, to the contrary.

    At this point you're either trolling, drunk, or might benefit from a nice lie down or a visit to the therapist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenaphor View Post
    Are you Marm? This was directed at Marm, who I don't believe is terribly altruistic.
    Oh, okay. So this is just a personal thing, then. Can I presume you believe that I am altruistic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenaphor View Post
    Would you work if you didn't have to?
    You couldn't have anything of value. Because I value so many things, I would have to. I can't not have to work. How would I feel accomplished? How would I achieve anything? You're asking me if I would do nothing, and I would say I can't do nothing. It's more work to not work, just ask any homeless person, or observe a person experiencing clinical depression. You can get so much more out of life with effort. I can't really imagine a scenario where not doing anything could be more constructive than doing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Oh, okay. So this is just a personal thing, then. Can I presume you believe that I am altruistic?
    Well her personal attack is quite strange, seeing as that I merely approached her in my original post with a brief argument for rational social democracy, and if she responded with that...it's a little odd seeing as that although I'm not at all wealthy I donate to various charities (and churches in the past) and share whatever I have when I can, with no expectation of immediate "return" on what I give.

    I thought initially she was just saying that people in general would not do such a thing, which I thought was insanely irrational, but now that she indicates that it was personal, I think it's even more crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Oh, okay. So this is just a personal thing, then. Can I presume you believe that I am altruistic?
    I think you're more altruistic than Marm is but I don't believe you're altruistic in its purest sense. But then, who is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    You couldn't have anything of value. Because I value so many things, I would have to. I can't not have to work. How would I feel accomplished? How would I achieve anything? You're asking me if I would do nothing, and I would say I can't do nothing. It's more work to not work, just ask any homeless person, or observe a person experiencing clinical depression. You can get so much more out of life with effort. I can't really imagine a scenario where not doing anything could be more constructive than doing something.
    Just answer the question straight. If you could live a reasonable lifestyle and didn't have to work to get it, would you work solely to benefit mankind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenaphor View Post
    I think you're more altruistic than Marm is but I don't believe you're altruistic in its purest sense. But then, who is?

    Just answer the question straight. If you could live a reasonable lifestyle and didn't have to work to get it, would you work solely to benefit mankind?
    For what basis do you make the argument that I am not altruistic?

    I think something may be wrong with you. I'm leaving this discussion before it degrades even further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenaphor View Post
    Just answer the question straight. If you could live a reasonable lifestyle and didn't have to work to get it, would you work solely to benefit mankind?
    Yes. Why wouldn't I? I'm sure it wouldn't be the only thing I would do, but you can't say that there isn't a huge amount of satisfaction to be had from helping someone (or in this case, a large number of people). I'm sure I would also work to benefit myself a great deal. I doubt that a comfortable lifestyle would leave me completely complacent and unwilling to do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    Yes. Why wouldn't I? I'm sure it wouldn't be the only thing I would do, but you can't say that there isn't a huge amount of satisfaction to be had from helping someone (or in this case, a large number of people). I'm sure I would also work to benefit myself a great deal. I doubt that a comfortable lifestyle would leave me completely complacent and unwilling to do anything.
    Is achieving personal satisfaction an act of altruism?

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