All I'll say then, off the top, is that I would
(1) subsidize TPF with no-strings attached grants (the details tbd with site owners/admins, et al)
(2) provide grants (re enough to live on for a year or two at a time) to TPF members who are writing books of original scholarship-research in philosophy science history art biography or fiction ... with an eye towards, at the very least, self-publishing (selection criteria details, again, tbd)
which I admit reflects my own concerns and aspirations. Anyway, that's the least of what I'd do, Shawn; good luck with whatever you decide. :death: :flower: — 180 Proof
Of course, there's a big difference between having just enough to live comfortably, and having a great surplus. But that's kind of the key to me. Life is just a series of habits. As we live, so we think. For me, my thoughts are to have a nice home gym, to establish healthy patterns of eating and exercise, to read and write a little more, to donate a bit more to and also volunteer a bit with some local charitable organizations, like the food bank. Maybe we will buy ourselves a nice, new electric vehicle (I'm thinking of a Hyundai Kona).
If I had a whole lot of money, and allowed my life to become about buying a lot of things, well that would become one of my dominant and defining habits. I'm not sure how that advances the set of cognitive habits that constitutes me. It doesn't really make me anything more than a consumer, a hyper-consumer. That's not something I aspire to be.
What do you aspire to be? — Pantagruel
In the ancient world there was considerably more social stratification, and the hoi polloi were held in low regard. (I wonder if you see echoes of that in Heidegger's conception of 'das man'? Is that the element in Heidegger that is said to be proto-fascist?) — Wayfarer
I don't know if Aristotle really argues that the virtuous man should be treated differently, like some kind of master. — Xtrix
I don't think there's enough emphasis on Aristotle in modern curricula, although it's a subject that has to be taught with an eye to the historical and interpretive matters. And of course for a section of the populace, Aristotelianism will be forever associated with the Catholic Church and condemned on that basis. — Wayfarer
Look first to the society they lived in. Greece was not egalitarian. Privileged men played leading roles at the top of the heap with not too many in the middle, and a lot at the broad base. Not only did they practice slavery, but anyone unfortunate to be bankrupted or captured in battle could become a slave. — Bitter Crank
I endeavor not to blame authors for the misuses (or abuses) of their works by politicians and theologians, unless said authors in their own rights are dogmatic ideologues. — 180 Proof
Aristotle's dogmas, I think, don't align with the subsequent political or theological dogmas rationalized in his name. — 180 Proof
Could you re-phrase this question? I think I'm understanding you but I want to be sure. — Xtrix
That's rather the issue in question, isn't it? — Banno
Is the market taking care of itself a conclusion, or an assumption? — Banno
Classical economics breaches the first and second laws of thermodynamics by treating the economy as a closed system that increases in order. — Banno
Thinking of our own times, sports (though much less bloody and risky relatively speaking than the games) are sometimes thought to instill virtue or involve a sort of artistry. You know, the "playing fields of Eton" sort of virtue, at least. Do they? If our sports do, and the Roman games did not, why is that the case? — Ciceronianus
I'm curious to hear what people think are the actual and meaningful limitations of the metric, and what benefits or value (personal or social) it provides. — Reformed Nihilist
I would vote in favor of altruism, but I haven't seen it on the ballot. People vote in favor of their own interests (as they should) and they vote in favor of others' interests to the extent that they can relate to them. — Bitter Crank
Otherwise altruistic people can organize in a flash if a non-profit wants to open a group home in their neighborhood for released offenders, recovering drug addicts, sex offenders, or former mafioso. No, no, no! We need to protect women and children from these menaces! Keep the sons of bitches in prison! — Bitter Crank
At the core of democracy is the notion that we are in this together and together we can build a common wealth. — Banno
The myth of 'enlightened self-interest' is a curse that undermines that common wealth. It is the root of the ongoing failure of your democracy. — Banno
As an example of altruism with a concrete self-interested benefit, one need look no further than at unemployment benefits. The small minded will cavil and object, "Why should I pay for him (or her)?" — tim wood
If you mean value is always wrt to some standard, then sure. But is that really the case? I invite you to think a bit more about what value is. Is gold valuable? How do you go about answering that question? Or if not gold, then food, water, shelter, or tickets to the opera.
Your question would seem to be, can there be value where there is no valuer? A nonsense question until and unless the details qualified, but qualification then being/providing the answer. — tim wood
What's the problem with intrinsic value being reduced to instrumental value? — khaled
I can only tell you what I would do if I had that money. But you've got to figure that out yourself. What is it that you care about? Do you care about humanity or not? What is a good life? — Xtrix
I have a personal narrative. It didn't come from my desire of consistency though, its rather more just a series of twists to satisfy my conflict of interest. — john27
Start a non-profit community/education center that focuses on helping folks with some aspect of development you think is worth it. You could probably afford quite a few of these.
Travel the world like Leon Logothetis and enhance peoples lives who demnonstrate unusual kindness.
Give money away to charity.
Fund the short story contest prize for $10,000
Hire me. — Nils Loc
I think that's a good idea. The max IRA contribution is $6,000 per year, so you should be able to funnel your tens of billions of dollars into your tax free investments in a couple of billion of years. Well, maybe less because it increases to $7,000 I think at age 50. — Hanover
But anyway, congrats on your big payday!! Was it your year end bonus? — Hanover
Alternative 2 - Call your therapist and ask him to increase the dosage on your mood stabilizers. — T Clark