Do taxes fund spending? From Crooked Timber
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"When all needs are accounted for, and no conflict exists, the act of living is stripped to its barest physiological essentials of food and sleep. In Calhoun's view:
Herein is the paradox of a life without work or conflict.
When all sense of necessity is stripped from the life of an individual, life ceases to have purpose.
The individual dies in spirit."
Another review THE BEHAVIORAL SINK The mouse universes of John B. Calhoun
"Death of the establishment leads to spiritual death
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A quote towards the end:
"If we know that altruism makes one feel good and useful—that, at least, has been tested in the laboratory of human emotion—then perhaps altruism evolved because it increases the fitness of the individual by protecting him from the desire to die. Life is hard; we know that as moderns, and it seems likely that it was as well for our predecessors. Perhaps, in her omniscience, Nature understood that she could not rely solely on the survival instinct to ensure the propagation of her magisterial creations; that occasionally one might grow disillusioned with this life, despite its beauties, and want to end it. Feeling that one is needed by others might just prevent this defection. Altruism, pure or not, may be a lifeboat, a dinghy we row. Within its confines, we experience the subtle brotherhood of men, and let it warm us."