15 minute Altruism

Here is how pity & empathy works:

You see someone in trouble. You feel pity or empathy. After 15 minutes
it is gone – all that remains is a vague feeling that everybody is
suffering while a few are happy. You decide that everyone should be
equally happy. And since there is only a constant amount happiness on
this planet, you decide that the few who are happy must be made sad,
so that everyone can be happy.

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