A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place - Egoistic Altruism

  • Published on Mar 18, 2018
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    • Edward Dyer
      Edward Dyer Month ago

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  • Ymi_Yugy
    Ymi_Yugy 2 days ago

    I kind of have a problem with your definition. What you would call altruism I would call investment.
    An investment is egoistic, altruism is by definition not egoistic.
    Let's take your cancer example. If you give money to a bunch of people to enable them to buy medicine you have less money to spend on medicine, you gave it to someone else. In the end the total amount of capital available to be spend on medicine stays the same. The only way giving money to others would increase the total amount would be if that money allowed them to get more productive. But as said such thing would be an investment not an act of altruism.

  • Ashley Chong
    Ashley Chong 2 days ago

    "Some men just want to watch the world burn..."

  • Type-Jay
    Type-Jay 2 days ago


  • Seb Carretero
    Seb Carretero 2 days ago

    *Do you like being alive?*

  • orange70383
    orange70383 2 days ago

    Nice brainwashing

  • Andrew Hamilton
    Andrew Hamilton 3 days ago

    If poor countries get richer , they are sure gonna increase the global pie . But , now the richer countries will have to compete with them..in every products.
    Even though , trade is a positive sum game, still one country might always fall in trade deficits....unless they make a VeRy good product or provide better services than other countries.

  • NoifloX2
    NoifloX2 3 days ago

    The beginning is so sad :'(

  • Nakul Sakhuja
    Nakul Sakhuja 3 days ago

    This is why Thanos is wrong.

  • J3M1LL P___{}
    J3M1LL P___{} 3 days ago

    We are all one pie

  • Thoryon
    Thoryon 3 days ago

    There was never a positive sum game from the industrial revolution. Wealth was just extracted from colonies to Europe to create the illusion that everyone in Europe was getting richer.

  • OvertureKyKiske
    OvertureKyKiske 3 days ago

    So if you pay, you should shut the fak up and pay for something, that "might" or "might not" happend..... education/cure!
    Pay farmer childrens education, so famers dies off and we get more politics and usless stuff we already pay way too much... thats great! :D
    I love how Kurzgesagt always bind to "technology" ignoring food or nature... yep, they *did* few videos about nature, but it ended up ignring poor and raising up rich.

  • PurpleStar
    PurpleStar 3 days ago

    who dislikes this? like, who would dislike a reason to help the world get better?

    • PurpleStar
      PurpleStar 2 days ago

      orange70383 ok, I cant tell if you are being sarcastic or not, and if not, i feel sorry for you, if so nice joke buddy.

    • orange70383
      orange70383 2 days ago

      You can't see the reason behind this video can you, sad, you need wisdom. You're being controlled and you can't even see it.

  • Nomoturtle furnishing

    I don't know what the fuck you people are doing with your money in the developed world. My overall costs in life are £15,000 a year, including constant entertainment, and I'm a student at university. Once I'm out of Uni I'll be spending under £10k on supporting myself, and in the UK I'll be hoping for at least the typical average salary of £27,000, but will likely get higher at some STEM job. I'll probably invest part of that so I can cushion any future problems, and just chuck the rest at whatever I think is important at the time, be that your typical kids in Africa, or spaceX, or a patreon fund to Michael Reeves. Heck, maybe I'll give it to the government, they're all drowning in debt.
    But that's me, I understand all you raunchy bastards want kids. So let's give you an average of 1.4 kids, to replace yourself and anyone that dies before/without having kids. These little pricks cost a fortune, so lets put them at £2000/year (was going to say 5k, but you'd only be paying for them about 1/3 of your work-life) and another £2000/year towards your retirement. We also have to look at taxes. I'll give that 20% before all deductions.
    So, taking all that together, your average selfish arsehole in the UK gets a rough surplus of £6,800 to do whatever with. If you use your spare time to do any creative projects or rent out space or invest or anything like that it can be more. Or you can ignore providing money and instead work for free yourself.
    And Murrica, quit spending that shit on military, you have a problem.
    There's also GDP per capita you can look at. That shit is way higher than your typical cost of existence per person. Where does it go?

  • Nomoturtle furnishing

    No. If I help others reach a standard of living where they're not tied to their needs but instead contribute to research, then yes, they'll improve life overall in the future. However if I spend 40 years of my life getting maybe 5,000 people well off, so that maybe 10 of them can then be researchers and possibly improve medicine to ideally cure whatever I may have died of in the future and extend my life by a small number of years until the disease they weren't able to cure gets me. I've been fairly favourable to this argument so far, but even then, 40>1-10, and any QOL improvements I get from these additional workers is minimal compared to the amount of time I'd lose enabling them.
    If everyone were to help others by even a small amount and I merely contributed my part, it would be a totally different story. But that's not a selfish argument, that's a co-operative one. I simply receive greater personal benefit to myself by focusing my efforts on myself.

  • Edward Gabrielsson
    Edward Gabrielsson 3 days ago

    unfortunately, your viseo did not change the world

  • Andrew Hamilton
    Andrew Hamilton 4 days ago

    Is there someone who can explain me this process , of innovation + creativity and getting every country well off because of their own productivity .
    I think most poor countries fall in trade deficit , because they are less productive than others and stay poor because of that.

  • Andrew Smith
    Andrew Smith 4 days ago

    The politicians must see this.

  • Jan
    Jan 4 days ago

    This is the best Chanel on USclip. No let me say this is the best Chanel in the Internet.

  • Manny Medina
    Manny Medina 4 days ago

    Cure for Cancer = Whole Food Plant-Based Diet.

  • Brian Smith
    Brian Smith 4 days ago

    That wasn't a pie, it was a cake!

  • RacerX1111
    RacerX1111 4 days ago

    great video

  • Pizza And Meth
    Pizza And Meth 4 days ago

    God bless capitalism

  • Sushi Cat
    Sushi Cat 4 days ago

    Instead of cheap air travel I want to teleport

  • RedDogge
    RedDogge 4 days ago

    -cake- pie

  • Somebody you don't need to know

    Do you like being *alive*.. oops.. I think I'll pass hahaha
    Literally one obstacle remain.. choice.. what if, people *chose* not to contribute to that proverbial pie, should they enjoy the same services as the people who do?

  • Curtis Tackie
    Curtis Tackie 5 days ago

    I see your point but there are many who wouldn't come to this conclusion, including myself.

  • King Nhyll
    King Nhyll 5 days ago

    Every decent human being alive: You want to make the world a better place?
    Every greedy companies in this god forsaken world: NO

  • William Hild
    William Hild 5 days ago

    A nice idea, but it can't work because greedy C.E.O's, pharmaceutical companies, defense contractors, big petroleum, and even greedier Wall Street Bankers wouldn't be able to subjugate and dominate 99 percent of the population like they do now. Their own need to be alpha is so highly protected that it's basically ingrained in society. These type of people will NEVER let benevolence, empathy, altruism, compassion, and humanitarianism trump (no pun intended) good old American capitalistic GREED.

  • Alonso Mayorga
    Alonso Mayorga 6 days ago

    Do you like being alive? is the most complicated question to answer of all in this video

  • MiguelSpanishMusic
    MiguelSpanishMusic 6 days ago

    OMG Is that building on top of a hill at the beginning of the video Bellver Castle in Mallorca?

  • Becky
    Becky 6 days ago


  • defaultPlayer
    defaultPlayer 6 days ago

    excellent videos. truly high quality content.
    however in this piece you assume a mostly rational and educated people to want the same thing. that’s not the case i think. you have to factor in a culture of cultivated ignorance, passivity and corruption in large parts of sub-saharan africa, a clerico/ political ideology hostile to science in most north- african and arabian states and an increasingly cynic and opressive (yet high tech) oligarcy in china. i don’t think it’s safe to assume they want (or even think about) the same stuff that we do in western societys. and they are a large chunk of humanity.

  • Dervy
    Dervy 7 days ago

    6:44 is that a TOUCAN?

  • Bung Builds
    Bung Builds 7 days ago

    Cough cough trump

  • Le funny meme
    Le funny meme 8 days ago +2

    *cough * (if thousand years of Christian inquisition oppressing scientists and research hadn’t existed) *cough *

  • l ice
    l ice 8 days ago

    Okay now say this exact same thing to all brazilian politicians

  • Jack Freeman
    Jack Freeman 8 days ago

    awww 0:44

    NUBIPRO 9 days ago +1

    This is so unrealistic and idealistict view of economics. Most of what you said wouldn't work, indeed, it would mess up the global economy... (opinion)
    Good quality on the video anyways.

    • saintlugia
      saintlugia 47 minutes ago

      Look at china that's living proof of this video.

  • Bashara Hadid
    Bashara Hadid 9 days ago

    How about our planet ecosystem? If the economic still growth as it used to, then the earth in 2100 will be a chaos because we damaged our nature

  • Björn Bidar
    Björn Bidar 9 days ago +1

    I like the idea but "more" is not always better and local goverment should still care for their own people. There's a saying in German "Kehre vor deiner eigenen Haustür bevor du dich um den Dreck anderer kümmerst" - "cleaup yor own house door before try cleanup the dirt of others" I think that fits the problem well.

  • Colin-kun :3
    Colin-kun :3 9 days ago

    That’s a pretty good world I’d like to live in

  • charlie brown
    charlie brown 10 days ago

    I don't think we are thinking it through

  • Sam Green
    Sam Green 10 days ago


  • Slavic NationalistCZ
    Slavic NationalistCZ 10 days ago +2

    Sounds good. Doesn't obviously work.

  • ahmed essam
    ahmed essam 12 days ago

    U.S.A and Russia disliked your video!

  • Anirudh Swaminathan
    Anirudh Swaminathan 13 days ago

    *Bottom Line* If you help the world, the world helps you. _Newton's 3rd law_ !

  • Fred Lime
    Fred Lime 13 days ago

    They do have cures for cancer, Cancer is a business, they don't want to cure it.

    • Phoenix
      Phoenix 11 days ago

      Pfft, you call that a conspiracy
      You believe in cancer?

  • Minh Đỗ Lê Thành
    Minh Đỗ Lê Thành 13 days ago +2

    Why Capitalism works while Socialism-Communism do not - In a Nutshell.

  • Crazy Irish
    Crazy Irish 13 days ago

    The fact that this video are financially supported by Bill Gate´s foundation, speak for itself. I am not suprise with the main argument of this piece of crap: capitalism is ok, nothing has happening, and, soon, we will walk together in the fields with fairies and unicorns.
    In the capitalism, we have many social issues, like the profit accumulation, and the bad distribution of resources. People are enslaved to produce chocolate, Ipod and nike t-shirts. We can solve the main world issues accepting, like true, this optmistic point of view, accepting the capitalism like your savior?

    • Phoenix
      Phoenix 11 days ago +1

      Commerade, join me, together we will ensure safety of communism here in United States

  • Le Strat Vincent
    Le Strat Vincent 14 days ago

    The remaining problem is that there is not enough pie for everybody if western people continue to eat so much no matter what. Not mention that we live on a limited planet so we have, at the end, a limited pie to divide between us.

  • James Wagstaff
    James Wagstaff 14 days ago

    Don’t know how these multi-billionaires can sleep it makes me feel sick, they’ve got more money than they could ever possibly spend and they can only have that much due to millions of people being on the poverty line. There is only so much money in the world, and having that much has a massively adverse affect on the lives of millions of others. It’s truly disgusting

  • Pilar oliva sarto
    Pilar oliva sarto 15 days ago

    I whis for that

  • Русский Боец

    It is communisme

  • Kin DauBo
    Kin DauBo 16 days ago

    I don't think it's a positive sum world we're living in right now. It's still zero-sum, only that the one got ripped off is no longer human, it's nature :)

  • Riley Williams
    Riley Williams 16 days ago

    Video should be called capitalism

  • Hamish Hannay
    Hamish Hannay 16 days ago

    I like pie 😋

  • Alden Pinto
    Alden Pinto 17 days ago

    I think the question is whether we want to wait till the everyone is developed to progress or go along they'll follow, but then again can we progress without the demand to progress!

  • Melon Stuff
    Melon Stuff 17 days ago

    Why don’t we make MORE pies

  • The Gaming Soundtrack Archives

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Daniel Forshaw
    Daniel Forshaw 17 days ago +2

    One word why other countries are not getting better: CORRUPTION.
    As much help we give other countries most of the benefits will go to the rich or the government as they take all the money and dont put it back into the country.

    • saintlugia
      saintlugia Hour ago

      true, but you are looking at the solution through a certain lens. You can have a corrupt government and still have a high GDP. Companies will gladly put up with Government corruption if the profit can be made. The American film industry knows China is not giving them the proper amount of money they should from their movies, but take what they can get so that they can still get the world's largest population to see their movies. Speaking of china back in the 70's china was an economic disaster, but because the west shipped jobs overseas the Chinese economy increased and prosperity of life for the average worker increased. That lead to an increase in spending power that caused products that was once just manufactured in china to be sold to its' people. And because of the increase in spending power china has begun investing Africa to manufacture goods for them hopefully causing the same ripple effect to happen helping Africa.

  • Luiz Alex Phoenix
    Luiz Alex Phoenix 18 days ago

    Long term this is the most sensible choice. The issue is that people on both extremes of the social ladder tend to think in short term.
    After all, someone who has everything he could ever want and no worries, can do virtually anything he feels like it or simply find an alternative. While, in the extreme polar opposite, someone whose survival is a daily task, can't let up to think about fifty years from now, rather focusing on making to tomorrow.
    Now, it doesn't mean they don't have long term goals. It's just that a billionaire can subside his wish for space travel via the many other ameneties he has access to and even simulation. While a beggar still needs warm clothing for winter but will trade it for food and water to survive a schorching summer.
    Now, the issue becomes getting both of those, as well as the ones in the middle, to think about common ground. It's intrinsicaly hard, as natural selection and competition has created an extremely competitive race where those who let up get clobbered in the head. After all, common ground means trusting and cooperating with someone, that is risky.
    Personally, I have little practical idea of how making that a reality within my own radius of influence. Much less how to reshape a global society and the species currently in control of it. My best guess would be the already mentioned issue of health and food. As well as knowledge, e.g. cientia (the word science is just knowledge and the fact that so many people use it without knowing is a very clear sign that it's not properly spread).
    In many ways, we have reached the new height in those fields and it might seem pointless to push forward. Yet, the reality is that disease is still a big risk for everyone in this world and that culinary is still a prized field no matter the social degree, even though the requirements vary strongly. And knowledge of those fields are strongly dependent on others while it's still important to maintain the current one.
    So, I imagine that we can find common goals in more than just curing cancer, that we could also agree in finding new tastes while preserving others. After all, medicine is an always evolving field, as we fight an arms race with a big plethora of ailments. While culinary is determined by ingredients, which can find and create or protect and destroy. And it's necessary to research other items to properly advance our knowledge of those.
    Now, starting from the pressumption that we find such a common cause, we would need to first spread through our own community and range of influence. For it inherently depends on convincing from the inside of each group spreading the ideology to new ones, starting from the middle until reaching the extremes.
    It's ironically similar to the spread of pathogens. Except that this would be a positive force for each person that comes in contact with it and starts spreading it further. That shows other issues, like the need to differentiate positive from negative strains of this base idea and how to better enforcing it.
    In this case and from this perspective, it becomes very clearly more defined and finally taking the shape of something whose definitions are also full of secondary meanings: politics and religion.
    Now, I also don't feel qualified to deeply think about it. But I would like to take a positive point from this, perhaps a silver lining. The idea that this crazy wish for a better world might be really hard to achieve and much easier to mess up. Yet, nonetheless, it's universal for all of us. And that the several stumbles and setbacks we have suffered and even self caused, were important steps in trying to achieve this goal.
    Admitelly, it's a really positive optimistic take. But, when we are so deeply entrenched in pain or pleasure, I doubt it will be a chastising or a lecturing voice that will convince us more than the offer of a better place and a better feeling... The wish for a better world.

  • Spider Knight06
    Spider Knight06 19 days ago

    >One of the most positive videos I've seen on this channel
    >Lines that made me die ("Countries invaded each other for more pie.", "Do you like living?")
    >So many good points made

    >People arguing about capitalism, nationalism, and racism in the comments

  • Bagas Pratsya
    Bagas Pratsya 19 days ago

    What if it was a Roose

  • Mikestion
    Mikestion 19 days ago

    y'know, i want to make infinitely-generation food.

  • Demonic Blackwolf
    Demonic Blackwolf 20 days ago

    6:30 n o

  • overmax992
    overmax992 20 days ago

    Good video but no account of the limited ressources we have on earth. If we'd all had the life level of some american we'd need about 10 earth. Global warming impose us to wether reduce population wether fight for what's left of the every year smaller Pie.

  • Gabriel Mata
    Gabriel Mata 20 days ago

    Today marks 23 days since my mother died from cancer, which took over her entire body.
    So i’m here to say, help those countries get wealthier

  • Paloma Geronico
    Paloma Geronico 20 days ago

    The cure for cancer is out there. They just have to legalize cannabis.

    • Phoenix
      Phoenix 11 days ago

      Damnit, you all have the same crappy conspiracy, I’ll show you one.

      You believe in cancer?

  • Hairo Yuuki
    Hairo Yuuki 20 days ago

    Ahhh the success of the first world countries thanks for fu£K1ng us from the third world countries. We are so glad you stole our natural resources and living comfortably. Really appreciate the low income with weak economic strength and seeing people suffer from loan sharks just to send their children to school and university. In a society where people depend badly on education just to get a job that can provide essentials for the family is hard without it were just trash that no one wants and better off dead. Ambition is a luxury that only the rich kids can pick like art and other stupid hipster jobs it sometimes pisses you off why they don't just takeover their parents business while the people at the bottom must pick a job that is more realistic and beneficial for the family neither you like it or not. For that thank you first world countries your freedom make our third world countries poor and miserable with some of our people homeless and starving.

  • Figgy G
    Figgy G 20 days ago

    Agreed. Give people education, healthcare, public transit, and job with good compensation then society will flurish. Put housing, agriculture and land, transit, healthcare, utilities (electric/water/internet) and education into public hands then leave the rest to democratic non-profits and co-operatives.

  • Lavioli Roli
    Lavioli Roli 21 day ago

    “Do you like being alive?”

  • Maxim Dietz
    Maxim Dietz 22 days ago +2

    This channel sets the bar insanely high - Somehow they top each previous video every time a new one comes out.

  • Allen Gigika
    Allen Gigika 22 days ago

    People that dislike this video want to see others do bad

  • Joleen Ray
    Joleen Ray 22 days ago +1

    Ahh, in a perfect world...

  • Impossible Physix
    Impossible Physix 22 days ago

    Aber nicht jeder kann Gewinn machen

  • whitepowder
    whitepowder 22 days ago


  • da bezt goku
    da bezt goku 22 days ago

    America: *taking notes*

  • B C
    B C 22 days ago

    Capitalism is wonderful.
    Our standard of living is better than kids of old. I'm king of my own house.

  • Jacob
    Jacob 22 days ago

    well.. if we kill all poor people, world become better place?

  • Mobius Aereos
    Mobius Aereos 22 days ago

    So basically life is like programming, fix a bug, 186 more bugs appear

  • cataMailman
    cataMailman 22 days ago

    Great idea (which I support) but there is a "little" wrinkle to it: The monetary system. In our monetary system it is mathematically impossible for everyone to do well. One person having 100 dollars (or whatever) means that another person is 100 dollars (plus interest) in debt. As long as we use this pyramid scheme of money, there will be no such world as you describe it. Even in the best possible scenario you would have 50% with a little money and 50% being in debt. Therefore, there can't be 7 billion people caring about the same things as you since at least half of them will always be dirt poor. I understand this might be difficult to grasp for the people doing these videos as can be seen in their video about money which shows that they are completely oblivious to how money really works. :(

  • Kate S
    Kate S 22 days ago

    Well if altruism was not useful for individuals' survival and reproduction, it would not even evolve as a psychological trait. So it is pretty obvious it is useful

  • samanta ferreira
    samanta ferreira 23 days ago

    So basically the way to be selfish, is to not be selfish?
    GOT IT
    *drops a trail of money*
    K now where's me stuff?

  • Henry Davis
    Henry Davis 23 days ago +1

    Unfortunately easier said than done

  • meat 170
    meat 170 24 days ago

    WW: your goddamn right

  • Artur Scherbin
    Artur Scherbin 24 days ago

    If 7 billion people invest in a thing I want, I do not have any incentives to invest myself as I am going to get the thing anyway. Naturally, almost everyone starts doing that at some point, so the thing in question does not appear as quickly as it could. This is known as the tragedy of commons, and knowledge (in this case it might be a technology to produce the thing) is a common good, at least in part. So, it follows that only those who are genuinely willing to pay must have the knowledge. The governments in poorer countries are less likely to be interested in any technology apart from ways of money laundering. Then, it is not in the best interest of developed countries to give cheap or free resources to poorer countries. The argument only holds for investors who can earn a greater return on investment in underdeveloped countries, an ordinary taxpayer in many cases cannot be interested in sending his/her money abroad for the sake of 'humanity'. It is better for them when some new infrastructure is built in their place of residence.
    However, this is a great video with extremely high quality graphics.

  • Shadows revenge
    Shadows revenge 24 days ago

    What about inflation? I agree that everyone being rich in wealth and science would make the world a much better place, but what about the core problem of people raising prices if they can make more money, etc. Does this idea of making the whole world a better place require people to limit their selfishness for long-term gain? If so, would this even be possible? It seems to me that those who are looking for an overall gain do so with the intent of getting that gain as soon as possible, not necessarily worrying about those that their decisions might affect. This sort of world that is good all around definitely seems possible, but it also seems as if humanity would have some things to change about itself first.

  • Shirleylovesmaths
    Shirleylovesmaths 24 days ago

    pie... its obviously a cake!

  • Candice Lau
    Candice Lau 24 days ago +1

    Mmmm... PIE! 🥧

  • Fatih Aksu
    Fatih Aksu 24 days ago

    Lets bring communizm

    • Phoenix
      Phoenix 10 days ago

      Comrade, join us in fight to establish communism, we start with mother Russia.

  • Imaru Lewis
    Imaru Lewis 25 days ago

    who puts the couch next to the fridge? what an idiot.
    wait a minute *that man is a genius*

  • Makar Lock
    Makar Lock 25 days ago

    This works the other way as well. By being selfish--given that you don't cheat rules--you will want to accumulate capital. By definition, the amount of capital you own is how much value you have provided to others. But you're right about the long term outlook.

  • Peter Gould
    Peter Gould 25 days ago

    I like the argument a lot. However what about the earth's demising resources and ability to cope with our industrial output? will more innovation give us solutions to global warming, or only higher energy demands, higher emissions? The same could be applied to waste, extraction of minerals and fossil fuels etc.... The wealthy western world might be better off however we produce a disproportionate amount of the world's environmental damage. Why would we assume that if the rest of the world was not more affluent that they too would not want styrofoam, plastics, and other product that inevitable end up polluting the world and especially our oceans? I think to simply say that we live in a positive sum world is limiting our problems and civilization's problems to the ones measured by economic growth and education.

  • Rodolfo Lopez Duran
    Rodolfo Lopez Duran 25 days ago

    We have to make this possible. All life matters.

  • Oli Johnson
    Oli Johnson 25 days ago

    The more people that are happy, the less exclusive my happiness is. My happiness is directly proportional to its exclusivity. Therefore, I should oppose all forms of progress for the population to retain my happiness!

  • Levin Maaß
    Levin Maaß 25 days ago

    But infact, when I have wanted sth several years ago, now I don't give a fuck about it.Our thirst for products grows as much as new ones get invented.

  • Alec Webster
    Alec Webster 26 days ago

    This is exellent!! Also a great way of proving that captitolism doesnt help anyone.

  • Jason Pai
    Jason Pai 26 days ago

    That was great if it was great

  • Youare Amazing
    Youare Amazing 26 days ago

    So curing cancer is dependent on money?