Comment 59462

By bob lee (anonymous) | Posted February 09, 2011 at 16:15:24

this reminds me a bit of the tragedy of the commons. Every person acting out of self-interest, rather than depleting a common resource, fail to put the energy they otherwise would due to the presence of their neighbours. It's the opposite of paying it forward - rather than doing good because others have done good to you in the past, you neglect your duty out of fear your good works will go unrecognized.

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