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comment by _refugee_
_refugee_  ·  3283 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is it okay to have nice things?

Alternatively titled, "someone thinks the world would be a pleasant place if we were all martyrs" [ i don't ]

A strikingly similar worldview to "hugging doesn't save lives,v therefore is worthless," one which I feel errs in its absolutionism. "If we can do something, our time is wasted unless we do something 100%!" - "If I can give money, I should give ALL the money I can!" "If we can save lives, we must spend ALL our time saving lives, and activities that don't directly save lives (hugging) are completely worthless compared against literally saving every possible immediately endangered life."

Fanaticism does everyone little good. Spend 80 hours a week saving the immediately drowning person and your life will suffer. We weren't made simply to pull everyone around us out of fires.