View Poll Results: How much do you allocate to the other person?

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  • None - I keep everything.

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  • 10-20%

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  • 20-40%

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  • 50%

    20 40.00%
  • 50-70%

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Thread: How generous are you? (Part I)

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Well the description said "Asked to Split it" So unless I was forced to split it in order to receive any I would keep it all since I know nothing about the other person except they are from the same country. Then I would make my donation to a group that I know would put it to good use.

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    The most ethically 'optimal' decision (removing other complications) under most mainstream ethical systems (i.e. Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics, Consequentalist Ethics) would be to give the other man everything. On the other hand, 50% isn't unethical under most considerations.

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    I realize there is a lack of information in this poll. That is deliberate.

    There are no additional details to this situation than what is already given. If you are not comfortable voting because of this, then don't vote.

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    I would definitely have to have a long discussion with him first.
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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    The most ethically 'optimal' decision (removing other complications) under most mainstream ethical systems (i.e. Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics, Consequentalist Ethics) would be to give the other man everything. On the other hand, 50% isn't unethical under most considerations.
    How so? I've got ethical obligations to people and that money would go a long way toward me upholding them-- even shares is a fair distribution when neither of us earned the money, it shows respect and generosity for the other person... and it also allows me to do things for the benefit of my family and friends, showing loyalty.

    All of my virtues say 50% is ideal. Giving up my self-interest to help a random stranger-- who is in no more need of help than myself-- isn't virtuous, it's stupid. Stupidity is not a virtue.
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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    How so? I've got ethical obligations to people and that money would go a long way toward me upholding them.
    That's an extra complication which definitely could chance the ethical circumstances.

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    This is tough for me, because I don't even know if I'd accept it myself.

    We all have grand ideas of what we'd do if we fell into a large sum of money, but statistically, such a person is likely to wind up in a worse financial position than they started in a short few years later.

    We aren't very good with managing such a fast shift in our economic status, and such fast shifts tend to result in financial ruin more often than financial success. I consider myself very self-aware, and I would still be very concerned about how I'd spent that money and if I could handle it. I'd be far more concerned for someone I don't know.

    My first impulse is to say "split it 50/50," because it's "our" money which neither of us actually earned, and that seems fair. My second impulse would be "donate all of it - none for me, none for them," because I feel more certain of it doing some good that way. But there's no option for that.

    I'm stuck. I didn't vote.

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    You are given a large sum of money (more than a million dollars)
    I'd ask: what do you want for it?

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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Without knowing just how much there is then I can't give an honest answer. 1,000,001 dollars is more than 1 million but it would take the whole of it to set my family up on a permanent lifetime basis. Where as with 2 million I could give 50% of it to the other guy. If its 100 million then I could give 10% to the other guy and give all but 1 or 2 million to various charities.

    About the only honest answer that I could give is that I would keep enough to take care of my family and give whatever is left away.

    Yeah it would be great to recieve the money but I wouldn't want to depend upon that. If I did then I'd more than likely screw myself over in the end and be worse off than I am now. I would rather depend upon the money that I earned myself. That is why I'd only take enough to set up my family on a permanent basis. (that permanent basis being 4 bedroom house, 2 cars, an education for both me, my wife, and my kid's college fund, and to pay off current bills)
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    Re: How generous are you? (Part I)

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    A million dollars is still a lot of money to a lot of people in this country.
    True....
    My daughter and son-in-law will easily earn over one million in their life time.. . My family(man and wife) may have come close...
    Interesting , if the money source is the American taxpayer and the recipient is our government.

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