Altruism in Time of Plague

Why after 10 months we are still in the middle of a pandemic

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  • Wash your hands
  • Keep distancing
  • Cover your cough
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Egotists and altruists

For some of us, following this guidance comes naturally. They see nothing terrible in staying at home for months, working, watching Netflix, and occasionally taking a stroll to the nearest drugstore with their mask on. They are lucky enough to have a lockdown-compliant personality.

To successfully fight the pandemic, everyone needs to be an altruist.

People are naturally altruistic, but it depends

Since Herbert Spencer, scientists have considered selfishness a primary trait of Homo Sapiens. To survive and spread its genes, an organism has to put its interests first. It has to care more about itself and its children than about the other carriers of the genes. It is the survival of the fittest, isn’t it?

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“Stay home, save lives” cannot work because you do not know the people whose lives you are supposed to be saving.

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