“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable
ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”
Generosity is a very admirable trait, but sometimes generosity backfires. The most horrific example I can think of, is poor parents chopping off the hands of their children in order to make them more effective beggars.
Each individual donation is rarely harmful, and probably much needed, but when millions of such donations are made every day over decades, it can change incentives in undesirable ways, as in the example above. Read More »