A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place - Egoistic Altruism

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A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place




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    • Cool

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    • There is not enough resource for 7billions people.

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  • do you like being alive? 6:30

    Entertainment StudiosEntertainment Studios6 dakika önce
  • this video drives me absolutely mad. there is a word for what this video is explaining but not once in the entire video is it used. its called capitalism, this whole video is about the wonders of capitalism but the word 'capitalism' is treated as if its voldemort

    blarg mintonblarg mintonSaatler önce
  • This is just a "Curb you're self importance" moment

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  • This is fundamentally wrong but it'll take a very long time to explain, the only way to make innovation work is if you have poor workers to manufacture the innovative thing, capitalism relies on abusing the weak in society.

    FishFish3 saatler önce
  • That is not a pie that is a cake

    SUPERNOVASUPERNOVA5 saatler önce
  • The fact that there used to be virtually no innovation before the industrial revolution doesn't mean that the world was a zero sum game. If I were to chop down a tree that was worth 10 bucks, turn it into a chair that's worth 20 and sell it for 15, both parties would still earn 5 bucks.

    Jari ScholmanJari Scholman7 saatler önce
  • Mexico is death

    antonio ledezmaantonio ledezma15 saatler önce
  • this is a lie,elite people's greed, indifference, apathy and hording nature doesn't allow for redistribution of resource, the rich will increase the pie at the cost of the environment but the poor will always get less and less crumb capitalism is all about making money at the cost of everyone else, something like positive net sum is false the business class monopolized the resources that why the poor class has to work more for the little money they earn the poor can't earn more because then inflation will go up and increase cost of the goods, at this point everyone is trading in their time and energy for inferior or worthless good that don''t improve life and is an illusion of good health human have made life a gambling choice when it not in order to justified ripping others off and does that are irrational (you suckers!)have accept this as normal

    Matrix Teknologies IncMatrix Teknologies Inc15 saatler önce
  • Maybe an equilibrium of creation and destruction is necessary to continue our existence.?

    John MerikJohn Merik15 saatler önce
  • Humanity:tries to work together Corona virus: Hi

    s0h gamings0h gaming21 saatler önce
  • One of the best video, I've ever watched in TRvision

    MuthuGowriShankar SMuthuGowriShankar S21 saatler önce

    Batman vs FatmanBatman vs Fatman22 saatler önce
  • I love this video, Kurzgesagt!

    Batman vs FatmanBatman vs Fatman22 saatler önce
  • great

    Batman vs FatmanBatman vs Fatman22 saatler önce
  • good

    Batman vs FatmanBatman vs Fatman22 saatler önce
  • This just sounds like globalism

    Nep NepNep Nep23 saatler önce
  • Best news I've heard in years.

    ThisisPowThisisPowGün önce
  • The problem occurs though: Humanities natural desire to be on top, we are a greedy species and so we strive to have the absolute best just for OURSELVES, we don't like to share and so the idea of someone having equal or more prosperity than us annoys us to no end and so we will do all we can to keep them down

    Joel ThomasJoel ThomasGün önce
  • This video should be mandatory viewing for politicians.

    EternalSilverDragonEternalSilverDragonGün önce
  • perhaps the biggest victory of industrialization was making us realize it never was a zero sum game to begin with. there's at least one possibility. what other better choices do we have?

    caue regocaue regoGün önce
  • Can we sit down the worlds governments to watch this?! They're very "But I wanna be the one to do the things! I'd rather cheap labour, thanks!" When they should be "If everyone was innovating, production costs would go down!"

    EfflorescenteyEfflorescenteyGün önce
  • I can already hear the “buT I acTUaLlY Do CaRE abOuT peOPlE to Be bETteR oFf!”

    Ty PryorTy PryorGün önce
  • Then why are there still poor people

    Jay Rivera hawkinsJay Rivera hawkinsGün önce
  • That's strange to talk about a postive sum world, on a finite sized planet without telling more about it. Economic growth didn't come because we became smarter but because of fossil energy discovery. Productivity increased year after year but how is possible not to see that we already reached our planet's limits... With probably not enough fuel left to escape.

    GwénoléGwénoléGün önce
  • hmm pie gets bigger and bigger every years but doesnt that mean that humans multiply by triple human growth soo fast that the pie doesnt feed a lot i think XD

    Khanh Dai NguyenKhanh Dai NguyenGün önce
  • Jeff im looking at you you fuvkin-

    Broom SweepBroom Sweep2 gün önce
  • Moral:What goes around does come around

    Shravya PallatShravya Pallat2 gün önce
  • Senku was there

    Ghost OPGhost OP2 gün önce
  • This is by far the best video ever created by this channel.

    MFR CMFR C2 gün önce
  • This is just theoretical , not taking into account the side effects of such a rapid growth on the environment . Don’t forget that cancer could be one of the side effects of such accelerated and rapid growth .

    icebreaker :icebreaker :2 gün önce
  • 10/10 when every times watch this video

    갈아만든 지휘관갈아만든 지휘관2 gün önce
  • there are also a lot of selfish arguments to support lgbt

    Im Gay butIm Gay but2 gün önce
  • Wanting a better world for only oursleves doesn't actually make sense because the notion of a 'better world' can only exist when all the different human variables also work together since the 'world' is constituted by almost 7 billion people. So the idea of wanting a better world for ourselves can't exist until we want the others to want the same, so it is understandable how it's selfish and how our thoughts are refracted to think that we want something for philanthrophical reasons or to live just like every other reasons we think of for surviving. Damn. However, what if there was an individual better world where the variables are negated and our thoughts worked on to make out life the world and make it better? But making the past, present and future our world is also impossible. Damn ∑( ̄□ ̄;)

    Freei BearFreei Bear2 gün önce
  • Congratulations. You all just discovered laissez faire capitalism.

    DaVinci2.0DaVinci2.02 gün önce
  • Kurzgesagt: Do you like living?

    Olivier WirzOlivier Wirz2 gün önce
  • 6:30 yes its in my name

    Mortophobe:GamingMortophobe:Gaming2 gün önce
  • if accepted any exercise anyone ever acomplishes ultimately is egocentric, altruism's actually incredibly easy, isn't it?

    Mortophobe:GamingMortophobe:Gaming2 gün önce
  • But when it's China that take away your freedom and oppress people basic rights? Look the other way! -German

    Pessimistically PositivePessimistically Positive2 gün önce
  • so we have a bigger pie but africa still starving to death.

    Berkay EtirliBerkay Etirli3 gün önce
  • Morale of the story : give that homeless guy a few dollars maybe he'll get better have a family and his kids become rich and help people... You might be thinking well my few dollars won't make the difference... But they all add up

    Hd MovieHd Movie3 gün önce
  • So you are telling me. Now reason for war is not need but hate?

    Tabish RahmanTabish Rahman3 gün önce
  • This video needs to get notice by many

    RyannnyRyannny3 gün önce
  • The only time there was a true zero sum game was during the dark ages, even if the total wealth increases very little, it still isn't zero sum, and for all of human history the total wealth has been increasing at an exponential rate on a per-capita basis.

    John PericJohn Peric3 gün önce
  • 1:58 they predicted the coronavirus and tried to warn us with E M O J I S

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  • Is it that hard to say that it was capitalism that produced all of this? Great video on capitalism btw.

    Miguel MartinsMiguel Martins4 gün önce
  • but if everyone is rich then that means they are normal not rich?

    ZGamer 1177ZGamer 11774 gün önce
  • This whole video is explaining what Capitalism is without saiy the word Capitalism.

    ליאל רובינובליאל רובינוב4 gün önce
  • Lol it's ez to say that when you are living in a developed country

    The WolfThe Wolf4 gün önce
    • @The Wolf More educated people will have more chance of recognizing a tyrant and overthrown him before he took power... I think...

      in Stallin Stall3 gün önce
    • @in Stall if we remove psychopaths from power than yes.

      The WolfThe Wolf3 gün önce
    • Yea that's what the video is about,let everyone having a better chance in succeeding will eventually makes ur life better

      in Stallin Stall4 gün önce
  • Ayn Rand talked a lot about this sort of thing, she made a whole philosophy about it, and wrote books that are about her philosophy. And she did it for herself :)

    Carl LindenCarl Linden4 gün önce
  • I wish people would understand this. Perhaps the cute graphics and heavy focus on egoism in this video will make it easier to understand?

    Olivia LemaireOlivia Lemaire5 gün önce
  • Imagine starting a war for pie

    Aaron liuAaron liu5 gün önce
  • you just accidentally made an arguement in favour of free market capitalism, under the guise of it being called "Innovation"

    Matthew SerensenMatthew Serensen5 gün önce
  • " Today, every sixth person in the world dies of cancer and you might be one of them." Wow Mr. Narrator really hates us.

    Hierarchy of RoyaltyHierarchy of Royalty5 gün önce
  • Too bad capitalism rules the world so everyone competes with one another...

    tyler tylertyler tyler5 gün önce
    • Competition drives investments and literally makes investors to hurry with their money or they will be outpaced. It’s basics 🐣. Like the recent example with Facebook and Chinese telecom competing in Nigeria or Cameroon. Of course, both sides are controversial to discuss in this example but still it’s kinda stupid after truly inspiring videos to throw out rants such «capitalism, therefore it’s impossible» or as seen in the comments «communism, therefore it’s bad»

      Александр АммосовАлександр Аммосов2 gün önce
  • Normally I love these videos but this video is an insult to the global south. The positive sum world seems like an illusion. This video is a bit of a white wash in the shadow of COVID and it seems out of touch. Ill keep watching this channel none the less.

    Salvador CantellanoSalvador Cantellano5 gün önce
  • Share this with your republican congressman in the US... but dont get excited that they will change. If they cared about science we wouldn't have republicans.

    Corazon SierraCorazon Sierra5 gün önce
  • Except : the richier the population the more it consumes and reproduce. We are on a finite ressources rock. The world is already over populated.

    frenchLeonfrenchLeon5 gün önce
  • exploitation of resources in developing nations and the setting up of blood diamond operations and sweat shops sure is altruistic what heroes these benevolent rich are

    Magnús ÖrnMagnús Örn5 gün önce
  • This is a child friendly way of thinking of war, people just need more pie.

    Commander OndolemarCommander Ondolemar5 gün önce
  • What this video fails to talk about is that the positive sum game only began after humans developed tools and knowledge to extensively exploit the nature. Instead of looting and plundering each other, we can do the same to the natural resources hence moving into a temporary positive sum game. This might have worked till now, but soon overpopulation, natural disasters, diseases, food and water shortages, climate change etc. is gonna get back at us and reduce the quality of life of the average person.

    Dhanush GopalDhanush Gopal5 gün önce
  • Literally why I try to be a decent person. THERE IS LITERALLY NO BENEFIT FROM OTHERS SUFFERING

    Austin ThompsonAustin Thompson6 gün önce
  • Oh, you used the book "Sapience"?

    Никита БулгаруНикита Булгару6 gün önce
  • What happens if I don't like pie, if you would've used bacon as a example, than I would've been more interested

    Chicken RaptorChicken Raptor6 gün önce
  • i dont get it why do people dislike these videos?

    peg legpeg leg6 gün önce
  • For me this is your best video.

    Hanamichi MakunuchiHanamichi Makunuchi6 gün önce
  • Nobody is disagreeing with this. The exponential growth, there’s enough for all. I’ll tell you intellectuals where the real problems lies. What you haven’t been able to figure out. Natural distribution or forced distribution. That’s where the debates and arguments happen. Communists/democrats want a forced distribution (that ALWAYS leads to horrible horrible corruption) and GOP/Capitalists want a natural form of distribution. Where someone’s personal effort, personal luck, personal talents determine the distribution. I’ll say this. When we get advanced AI and machine automation we will need to invent a blended form of distribution in order to survive. As a side note. We’ll KNOW when this is necessary when the average unemployment rate holds steadily above 5% nationwide and continues too rise and begins inching towards 10%. Regardless of economic levers used. That is time we’ll know that UBI is necessary.

    Patrick FioritoPatrick Fiorito6 gün önce
    • also dont call the democrats communists, they are all neoliberal shills there is a reason actual leftists arent a stable part of the democrat party

      Magnús ÖrnMagnús Örn5 gün önce
    • what if employment is not a good measurement? people can be employed and still be in poverty because the job is nearly pointless we see that more pointless jobs come around, isnt it strange that waiters rely on tips to pay the bills, its a really concerning development, and with coronavirus we see ever more clearly how many jobs we really dont need at all

      Magnús ÖrnMagnús Örn5 gün önce
  • Calls it a global pie but shows pictures of cake

    supersonic413supersonic4136 gün önce
  • Basically help other people so that they can help you. : )

    Thomas ZinnenThomas Zinnen6 gün önce
  • 2:00 - Notice the face mask on the emoji on the phone. Kurzesagt predicted COVID two years before it happened!

    19UV19UV6 gün önce
A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place - Egoistic Altruism