Pearls Before Swine: The Mathematics of Doing Good

Pearls Before Swine
(H/T My wonderful Mother-in-Law Kathleen Brooks)

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9 thoughts on “Pearls Before Swine: The Mathematics of Doing Good”

  1. Political argument via simplistic cartoon is always powerful and moving [/sarcasm]

  2. By the way, for a more thoughtful and scholarly look at the cartoon's premise, one might pick up "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy" by recognized Stanford economist Thomas Sowell but that's probably asking far too much.

  3. Okay, here's the odd thing. When I delete my comment above (the apology) iowa's and Daniel's comments disappear. But if I leave my comment/apology those comments come back. So basically I'm doomed to leave the apology up (to keep iowa and Daniel's comments up) apologizing for deleting comments that are, in fact, there and not deleted.

    You know, the worst thing about this blog template is the java script running the comments box. Something screwy is going on.

    I always blame Adam and Eve for this kind of stuff.

  4. Is it doing nothing to tend to ones own knitting?

    George Will wrote a good line about this phenomena the other day:
    Like Mrs. Jellyby in Dickens' "Bleak House," who was indifferent to her chaotic family while fretting about conditions in distant Borrioboola-Gha, Duncan(democrat) practices what Dickens called "telescopic philanthropy." Sensitive about supposed injustices in distant AP classes, Duncan is worse than merely indifferent to children within sight of his office at the foot of Capitol Hill.

  5. Dr. Beck, I accept your un-apology. :) Blogspot was giving me errors when I commented earlier, which is why it (I) triple-posted.

  6. Of course this cartoon is simplistic--it didn't begin to show all of the excuses people use for being self absorbed and ignoring everyone around them. Hey, we Christians are at least as good at that as anyone else.

    Fortunately, there are also many of us who do care, and do something about it. Funny how you posted this at Easter, when we remember the one who stepped out of his comfort zone in order to change our world.

  7. Dr. Beck.
    This is why you should install for your comment section.

    You can thank me later.

  8. I think the cartoon makes a valid point. We can talk ourselves out of doing anything by becoming overwhelmed that we can't do everything. I like (and have posted) the story of the boy and the starfishes - you can make a difference, one at a time.

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