think of a better box for the homeless

if everyone had to think outside the box, maybe it was the box that needed fixing.

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There isn’t enough money to go around, and to try to help everyone a little bit—to observe the principle of universality—isn’t as cost-effective as helping a few people a lot. Being fair, in this case, means providing shelters and soup kitchens, and shelters and soup kitchens don’t solve the problem of homelessness. Our usual moral intuitions are little use, then, when it comes to a few hard cases. Power-law problems leave us with an unpleasant choice. We can be true to our principles or we can fix the problem. We cannot do both.

– Malcolm Gladwell, Million Dollar Murray, New Yorker, February 2006



One Response to “think of a better box for the homeless”

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