“Effective altruism is about asking "How can I make the biggest difference I can?" and using evidence and careful reasoning to try to find an answer.”
― William MacAskill, Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference
Time, talent, treasure, and influence are limited resources. Because each are limited, it makes sense that we would deploy these resources with some level of intentionality and prudence. Choosing how we use our resources to make the greatest possible impact is no different than a family carefully managing their budget by consciously choosing between dining-in, or dining-out.
When a resource is limited, choosing to use that resource for one outcome also means that we are choosing to not use that resource on a different outcome. Said differently, each decision for something is paired with a decision against an alternative. Understanding that time, talent, treasure, and influence are limited - does it make sense for us to attempt to manage our resources in a manner that will yield the greatest results?
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