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

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  • Published: 18 March 2018
  • Why should you care about the well-being of people half a globe away?

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    • Nathan Jarboe
      Nathan Jarboe  3 days back

      3:52. Hold up, the more people contribute and come up with new ideas, the less ideas there are. Right? When does innovation stop?

    • Stay Hungry
      Stay Hungry  1 weeks back

      Humans are an invasive species. If we can't see it hopefully viruses, fungus, and bacteria will. Cause we need to be eradicated at a global level.

      For real.

    • Seamon
      Seamon  2 weeks back

      Completely wrong. The current anti-economy is a negative sum game. All money is created through debt at interest, debt can only exponentially increase and there will be less and less money to reimburse it, hence why inequality is doomed to increase forever, unless we dump currencies and trade and go toward a resource based economy. Then it would work as you stated.
      Q.E.D.

    • jinx
      jinx  1 months back

      Akıllı insan kendini değil , bu dünyayı düşünür. I mean .A wise man does not think of himself, but of this world.

    • karthikeyan M.V
      karthikeyan M.V  1 months back

      at same time Industrial revolution made India poor . when Britain exported to India

  • Antony Toaquiza
    Antony Toaquiza  2 hours back

    I feel important lol

    • Frask
      Frask  3 hours back

      Its a horrible day outside...
      Bees are dying
      Sky is polluted
      On days like these, humans like us

      S h o u l d b e b u r n i n g i n h e l l =)

      • Goosey Fish
        Goosey Fish  7 hours back

        *do you like being alive?*

        Guys I think kurzgesagt is going to Court this Sunday.

        • Vincent Visser
          Vincent Visser  10 hours back

          Problem is that the invested money gets lost along the way. The more you invest, the more expensive a product/service becomes. Its nice to theorize about this ideal world, but when the 1% keep skimming all the cream of the top, there will never be enough cream for the less fortunate. So, you end up becoming just as competitive and selfish as the people you despise in order to take what others worked harder than you to produce. It is true that all the new technology and science does eventually make its way to the mainstream consumer, but it happens at such a slow rate that innovation outruns deployment which ends up causing increased income inequality. Trying to leverage it back into balance is really hard and can lead to critically stable economic models. How do you put a monetary value on productivity? How can two people who work the same hours and deliver the same amount of end product not receive the same monetary compensation for their effort? One is just better at negotiation and as such is promoted faster than the other, even though both deliver the same results. If both were to receive the same promotions, the big boss would just increase the selling price of the business offers. This loops back on the workers and now they have to work harder just to sustain the same level of living comfort. Then we account for automation and the internet where everyone becomes more diverse, so now people get laid off simply because the business no longer requires their inputs. These people could start their own businesses, which then encourages competitiveness and selfishness. The world no longer cares about whether a person's needs are looked after just for the sake of it. There are always strings attached. Make your workers happier because then they will give you more effort and you can exploit them further.


          It is the way things are for now and until we can convince ourselves that there is enough to go around for everyone, nobody will be satisfied. Or am I just talking nonsense? Where do we start to improve the system?

          • mohd izz mohd yacob
            mohd izz mohd yacob  14 hours back

            3:56 what about influencer? Hahaha

            • sutha ramalingam
              sutha ramalingam  16 hours back

              Great philosophy! ❤️

              • Christian Willemse
                Christian Willemse  20 hours back

                Resource are limited...

                • DanglingHammer
                  DanglingHammer  1 days back

                  "The production of iron increased in Britain" did it???? They just stole from Indians
                  And then you say you spend a lot on research

                  • Edan Lian
                    Edan Lian  1 days back

                    0:39
                    1 like = 1 fifth of a pie slice for birthday bird ;(

                    • Jaka Lazar
                      Jaka Lazar  1 days back

                      Did anyone else read it Egoistic Autism

                      • David Eckert
                        David Eckert  1 days back

                        Thanos was right. Somewhat. The universe does appear to have finite resources. Eventually, if not humans, one society that advances far enough will use them all up. We have to seek balance.

                        • Ty Pryor
                          Ty Pryor  2 days back

                          WOLD WAR PIE!!

                          • Ryan Ambrose
                            Ryan Ambrose  2 days back

                            Said the bacterial culture in the petri dish on the 59th minute.

                            • Tony ツ
                              Tony ツ  2 days back

                              I read egotistic autism

                              • Andrew Gef
                                Andrew Gef  3 days back

                                THE CAKE IS A PIE.... I MEAN LIE

                                • D.K Weeks
                                  D.K Weeks  3 days back

                                  Unfortunately if "well-off" means the standard that most Western civilizations hold (primarily the USA), there are just too many people on the planet to sustain that. We would run out of resources so fast that this kind of progress could not happen.

                                  As odd as it sounds, I wish we had less people on the planet. The less people there are, the easier it becomes to solve things like poverty. There are too many people in the world for us to help

                                  • Xiandong Zhang
                                    Xiandong Zhang  4 days back

                                    Trump should see this video, no?

                                    • ALOK SINGH
                                      ALOK SINGH  4 days back

                                      Once we start living for each other, we'll be like the cells of our own body which live for each other. We will be supporting the life of an earth organism by acting co-dependent cells of it's body.

                                      • LODIELIE B
                                        LODIELIE B  4 days back

                                        People are so sick it hurts

                                        Many diseases probably already have real permanent cures, but they “don’t want to say it”. Because they make more money of inhibiting drugs. If the person is fully cured, then they don’t make any more money!

                                        Take Aids for example

                                        • uğur ateş
                                          uğur ateş  4 days back

                                          Kesinlikle katiliyorum

                                          • CHÖNKY GÖD
                                            CHÖNKY GÖD  4 days back

                                            Thanks, now I'm communist

                                            • SatyamTheGamer
                                              SatyamTheGamer  5 days back

                                              Bill & Mellinda Gates ?

                                              Wait..What ??

                                              • Domihork
                                                Domihork  5 days back

                                                But... The western world is rich because eastern world is poorer... And northern world is richer because southern world is even more poor...
                                                Look at the double standard of food quality in the EU... The former Eastern block has not only worse quality of products from international companies but it's also often more expensive while the salaries are ridiculously low compared to the west. Allowing the western countries to live in comfort of having high salaries and low prices... Because the eastern countries are paying for it..

                                                • Tim Fode
                                                  Tim Fode  5 days back

                                                  I don't disagree, but I want sources supporting your argument. Please and thank you.

                                                  • Tim Fode
                                                    Tim Fode  2 days back

                                                    You're kind of a dick.

                                                  • Mr. Coffee
                                                    Mr. Coffee  3 days back

                                                    Its a modern socioeconomic study.
                                                    Long past are the days of the cold war.

                                                    Its the 21st century, go to any university and read about it in their libraries.
                                                    The concept of coopetition also. Thats not new.

                                                    Youre just not up to date.

                                                • FrostiMintz
                                                  FrostiMintz  5 days back

                                                  We've been living with innovation for around long 0.000000000000000000000001%of the lifespan of humanity

                                                  Me: that's a long time on the loading screen

                                                  • Cobalt Commander
                                                    Cobalt Commander  5 days back

                                                    Studies show employees with higher pay buy more shit companies are trying to sell

                                                    • Off-Grid Optimist
                                                      Off-Grid Optimist  5 days back

                                                      Oh no, starting to feel like this is a very capitalist driven Channel...

                                                      • Mr. Coffee
                                                        Mr. Coffee  3 days back

                                                        When its sponsored by bill gates.....

                                                    • Dubious
                                                      Dubious  6 days back

                                                      But what if you're aware that the world is shit and still want to make it a better place.

                                                      • Вест Ист
                                                        Вест Ист  6 days back

                                                        No! Stupid people will stay stupid. You cant make millions of africans and indians educated. It is not worth it. Better to spend this money to develope your own people.

                                                        • Robby Bobby Robby
                                                          Robby Bobby Robby  5 days back

                                                          Вест Ист you can’t spell. You’re stupid and therefore your opinion is insignificant.

                                                      • alpha sheep
                                                        alpha sheep  6 days back

                                                        those who disliked this vid probably voted for trump

                                                        • Elialoco Arce
                                                          Elialoco Arce  6 days back

                                                          wowy

                                                          • Draqson
                                                            Draqson  7 days back

                                                            Does this align with given ressources? Can every person on earth live my lavish life and can earth provide? I already have the feeling that 1billion is creating enough environmental problems, that this times seven sounds harsh. Sure 7times more people commited to the energy-crysis etc. but meh... is there really a solution to the endless demand of an evergrowing society?

                                                            • Omid R.G
                                                              Omid R.G  7 days back

                                                              Kurzgesagt : Every 6th person in the world dies of cancer and you might be one of them.


                                                              Me : I hate when that happens ...

                                                              • Sakinah Salsa
                                                                Sakinah Salsa  7 days back

                                                                love it.

                                                                • Callen
                                                                  Callen  1 weeks back

                                                                  that bird at 0:40 crying makes me so sad :(

                                                                  • S G
                                                                    S G  1 weeks back

                                                                    Speculative bullshit "their kids may spend some time and develop something useful to you".
                                                                    Like the LGBT culture? Black racebaiting for profit? Absurd feminist islam?
                                                                    I'll take what the European intellectuals produce, which comprises most of your content, thanks.

                                                                    • S G
                                                                      S G  1 weeks back

                                                                      Then humans discovered that stacking many levels multiplies output accordingly.
                                                                      I don't care about humans half a continent away, because they're monsters and warmongers, why import evil from overseas?

                                                                      • Oficado Graphics
                                                                        Oficado Graphics  1 weeks back

                                                                        An excellent argument for a minimum wage increase.

                                                                        • Nidhogg
                                                                          Nidhogg  1 weeks back

                                                                          6:23 africans have already a space program. Look up on youtube "african space program" ...

                                                                          • Matt Faulk
                                                                            Matt Faulk  1 weeks back

                                                                            Do any of our world leaders watch Kurzgesagt videos? Cuz they need to start right now.

                                                                            • Matthew
                                                                              Matthew  1 weeks back

                                                                              Instead of having an america where everyone can have healthcare and everyone’s abilities are utilized to their full potential, we have an america focused on making money for the top people at the expense of the bottom people

                                                                              • K Decker
                                                                                K Decker  1 weeks back

                                                                                "There is a genuine selfish argument for making the world a better place" Yeah, by despotically encroaching the notion of normalizing and justifying a first world nation ego and insecurity, at all cost, even at the expense of playing God and violating human dignity in the long run by nothing more than crass immoral consumerism. In short, in order for me to feel less guilty about my blessings in life, everyone else has to live just like I do. Never mind that maybe some cultures actually choose to live simply or modest and want nothing to do with someone else condescending insecurity and shallow pop culture. Just another utopian idealism, no thanks. :-) Peace be with you...

                                                                                • J h
                                                                                  J h  1 weeks back

                                                                                  (iq by race statistics)

                                                                                  • BiggBoi
                                                                                    BiggBoi  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Does oil make a big part of the pie today? what if the oil inevitably becomes too hard to find?

                                                                                    • Super Nova
                                                                                      Super Nova  1 weeks back

                                                                                      "So how do we get people nowadays to be less selfish and care more about other people?"

                                                                                      Kurzgesagt :

                                                                                      • Carlos Vargas
                                                                                        Carlos Vargas  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Bois

                                                                                        • Carlos Vargas
                                                                                          Carlos Vargas  1 weeks back

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