11 thoughts on “Why The Average Person Can’t Be Bothered

  1. Hala J. says:

    This was pretty thought-provoking. I freaking love classes that make you uncomfortable and force you to think about things as they are or as they should be. I miss those. I’ve been grappling with “giving” for quite a few years now. I want to “give” I want to “help”, but there’s that whole “can’t—not now” thing going on because…I’m bloody unemployed. But will I happily and easily give once I have a steady job? I hope so…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hala J. I suspect you give in ways you don’t even realize. Time spent listening to a friend, a stranger even, being thoughtful enough to engage in dialogue with a person on the other side of the planet for example…yes, “giving” isn’t always about the money. I do hope you find the job you are looking for and that you don’t have to work too many of those “it’s a paycheck” ones before you can follow your passion.

  2. Thought provoking post. It sounds as though you’re doing some critical thinking in class!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, and it was starting to give me a headache. HA! Seriously, it was an intense class, required for my major. I think it should be required for all majors.

  3. You brought up a lot of good questions and issues. No easy answers and I can understand why you were relieved to have the class end. Uncomfortable thinking is not an American, or maybe human, common trait.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Exactly, it was that uncomfortable thinking that challenged me the most last semester. These and other questions are the very reason I decided to go back to school.

  4. Impower You says:

    I wonder how much the new idea of “giving” by sharing and liking non-profit pages results in actual results. Does that really make a difference? I’m not so sure. Besides I’d rather go volunteer in person and get my hands dirty(gardening) or keeping my hands busy helping.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Money, it turns out, is often a barrier to charitable giving for several different reasons. There are a lot of people who prefer to donate their time rather than write a check. Your question is a good one, and Singer refers to researchers making a sincere effort to determine the answer to the effectiveness question in his book. You may want to check it out.

      1. Impower You says:

        I’ve ordered it at the library. Hopefully I can read it soon! 🙂

  5. Lyle Krahn says:

    Well done. I love the too busy response. It would be so refreshing to hear people tell the truth instead – given my current priorities, your request doesn’t make the top 5,000.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Conflicting priorities, that is the most accurate response for just about any question involving human behavior.

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