my personal defintion of an act of goodness: the recognition and fulfillment of the need of another
- according to this definition, goodness is objective and quantifiable
- has nothing to do with the motivation of the actor or the effort involved
- goodness is a fact, not a value judgment
Ambulance driver and random driver vying to squeeze through a small space in traffic
ambulance driver: hello, please get out of the way.
random driver: You don’t understand, I’m also on my way to save lives.
A: Even so, you should get out of my way.
RD: But I’m deeply motivated. I have a calling to help others. You’re just driving that ambulance because it’s your job and you’re getting paid for it. You think you’re better than me? (value judgement)
A: I’m carrying two paramedics and one surgeon, plus several million pesos’ worth of medical supplies and equipment. All you have in your trunk are empty beer bottles and a first aid kit. I can save lives, and you can’t. (fact)