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Raemon comments on A new response to effective altruism - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Raemon 14 September 2015 03:01:50PM 1 point [-]

I basically divide my (classically parsed as "altruistic") into two buckets: helping the world, and making my community a nice place to live. I do the former because I want to help people. I do the latter fairly selfishly (which seems fine)

When I help out my local community, I help the parts of it I actually use - the local Less Wrong and Sunday Assembly communities. I sometimes clean up parks and similar things because physical labor makes me feel good.

This isn't "Effective Altruism" and shouldn't be considered such, but I do think EA people should consider doing such things if they're not already. (i.e. giving back to whatever communities they actually reap benefits from, in a pay-it-forward-passion)