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Comment author: RichardKennaway 12 October 2015 06:41:46AM 1 point [-]

It is not obvious at all to me that the closeness (emotionally or physically) to someone changes the weight of their suffering.

Where they are does not change their suffering, but perhaps it changes the weight of your obligation to do something about it?

Comment author: Regex 13 October 2015 11:31:44PM 0 points [-]

In social situations perhaps. But that's only because you can't physically act or it is more optimal economically and logistically for everyone to manage their own sphere of influence. If you have in front of you two buttons and you must press one, this changes nothing.