Derek McGowan Posted October 8, 2014 Share Posted October 8, 2014 Ebola got me thinking...But lets take this to a sci-fi extreme shall we Suppose you contracted a radically contagious, 100% kill rate, rapid death (5 days) alien infection while on your daily duty patrolling the kuiper belt. Knowing it is the end of your life, you would love to spend it with your loved ones back on Earth. But then you also know that if you return to Earth the disease would rapidly spread to 90% or more of the worlds population.Are you being altruistic (evil) if you decide to not go back to Earth, depriving yourself of your loved ones company in your final days for the sake of strangers? Or maybe you are being patriotic (however that may fit into Objectivist philosophy)? Remember that while the philosophy is based on rational selfishness, the rational part only prevents people from doing what they like because of the consequences to oneself. There are no consequences to oneself if you are going to die anyway in 5 days. And what does you dead self care if everyone else dies after you, because of you? If Objectivism had a religious/after-life/eternity in hell component then there would indeed be consequences and it wouldn't be rational to infect others, but it doesn't..... and the selfish part is satisfied with you being able to see those you love in your final days.Allow me to state for the record that I personally do not believe in altruism at all. To me, all behavior is selfish at its core, whether the act makes you feel good or it prevents you from feeling guilt/bad.ps. this is a thought experiment, let's not have any technicalities brought up like "how would the disease reach 90% of the population," or "how would one get back to Earth from the Kuiper belt in 5 days," or "how would one even know that this infection is highly contagious or that there is no cure if this is the first time anyone has contracted it" I don't want to hear any of that sh....carry on Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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