I was a big fan of the book Freakonomics and have a copy of SuperFreakonomics on my bedstand. Today on the Freakonomics blog, a blog about human behavior and incentives, Stephen Dubner writes today about what might be the greatest question he's ever been asked. It's from a journalist in India:
You state that your book is based on one fundamental assumption about human nature: people respond to incentives. Which is another way of saying that people are basically selfish. Take someone like Jesus Christ. What was his “incentive” to go on the cross?Dubner is looking for perspectives on this question. Surf on over to the Freakonomics blog and let him know what you think.
My take: It's difficult to fit kenosis and agape into traditional models of Homo economicus.