Monday, March 17, 2008
ECON 260: Comment Thread for 3/19
I would imagine that the typical response to this question would be to ask for some sum of money- for example though winning the lottery. This was my initial thought when reading the question.
However, I feel that health cannot be bought. Yes, with money you can buy health care, but that provides no guarantee of a cure.
I also do not trust that money last. Given my knowledge of peak oil, global warming, the general current state of the US economy, and the state of international relations, I am generally pessimistic about the future of the current economic order (which is not to say that I think there will be a complete collapse, just that I think there is a good chance that tomorrow won’t continue to improve at the same rate, and that some things may get worse for many people). Given good health, I feel that I would be able to survive and continue working in whatever economic situation emerges in the future
If i wanted to win Miss America, i wish for world peace, but maybe someone else can wish that, i'll have the ability of unaided flight.
I guess I would agree with Carrie again, that most people would probably wish for something that affects only themselves. That might be because that's what we're most interested/invested in (ourselves), or maybe because it's difficult to presume to know what would make other people happy or what's best for them.
The wikipedia page:
actually compares the wager to the precautionary principle.
Although some people may view this as a typical answer, choosing a wish that only impacts myself. However, I feel that the typical answer would be one that is extremely broad, and harder to actualize (e.g. ending world hunger, or obtaining world peace). For me to even begin to rationalize bigger issues, I feel that I need to be secure with my position in life, and that my state of mind is in a place in which I can help others, and actually be a benefit to them. It should be known, that my answer is not biased, because I do care, strongly, about the welfare of others who are less misfortunate.
This wish is unlike how most other people would wish because I think the goal in wishing is for some sort of happiness and enjoyment. However most people think of happiness in other terms, such as more money, better material goods, better job. When in fact Dan proved those items not to be what makes a person happy.
I forgot to answer the second part: how does this answer differ from the typical answer. I think the "typical" answer depends heavily on where and who you are asking. If you have money, you'd ask for health. If you had both, ask for love. I think love could be said to cross all boundaries of relativity and culture, unless you were diagnosed as a schizoid. This also depends on the definition of love. I'd go with a corinthian definition of love.
With one wish I would lean more towards finding a cure for diseases like cancer and Aids or wishing everyone to always be healthy and never suffer from an illness. I agree with Chris you can’t buy health and I’m surprised more haven’t touched on this issue.
I also really like Daniel’s wish for everyone to behave rationally. It’s so simple but would definitely change things.
I figure my wishes are different from most in that I imagine most people would wish for things that are nearly unobtainable without wishing for them.
Other than that of course I'd love eternal life, beauty, and tons of money.
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