Posted: Nov 11, 2014 4:34 am
by The_Metatron
Yeah, I pretty much have, that's true.

What I've found so far, is that if I consider only the outcome for my dog, I would get that surgery. I can afford it, and I don't think it would add to her suffering in the future, though there is no solid evidence that it would reduce it, either.

But, if I consider the utility of the resources I would spend on that surgery, without regards to the outcome to the dog, I can find many scenarios that are much more sure to reduce the suffering of some child.

There is also the reality that this entire discussion is a first world problem. There sure are a lot of places on earth where this wouldn't even be a decision more complex than getting a cup of coffee.

I suppose I never thought about it in those terms before this afternoon,