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TheOtherDave comments on Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger) - Less Wrong

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Comment author: TheOtherDave 04 April 2012 04:28:25PM 3 points [-]

I'm not sure how fairness enters into it.

If there are N of us in a leaky rowboat, we have a communal responsibility to bail the water out. If there are N of us in an airtight container that only holds enough air to sustain (N-1) lives before the container opens, we have a communal responsibility to decide how many and which of us dies. If there are N of us and we have 2N yummy pies, we have a communal responsibility to distribute the pies in some fashion.

A communal responsibility is just like an individual responsibility, except it applies to a group.

Is that fair? Beats me. Mostly I don't think the question is well-formed.