Re: comment wrt. ESR's talk in Vienna

Autor: Eric S. Raymond (
Datum: Mon Jul 15 2002 - 15:06:15 CEST

Denis HAVLIK <>:
> The only reason why I prefer the "selfish" variant of explaining what
> people do is of a somewhat personal nature:
> I have several people in my family who are extremly eager at showing how
> they sacrifise themselves for the good of others, and demand to be treated
> with great respect (to put it mildly) in a very pushy way for this. The
> problem is - they do stuff I couldn't care less about (or even stuff I
> consider wrong), and they wan't let you even politely ignore them,
> which often ends up in open conflicts...

Hm. Now I have learned something. Until I read this, I didn't realize
that a lot of my distrust of altruism is due to similar experience of
self-described altruists being snotty about their moral superiority.x

		Eric S. Raymond
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