We push topics, that don’t necessarily apply to us further into the future, further away from us.
If people aren’t being wounded in front of our doorstep, then it’s not our business. The same way politician do so. In economics terms it can be modeled in the “war of attrition”. By waiting, we know we can push the responsibilty, thus, there is a positive probability that the other coalition member will concede
I made an observation however that I would like to share with you:
Part of the reason why I choose to be an activist on many of my social media platforms, whether it is about climate change or “Black Lives Matter” is because I have the priviledge to do so. I am in good health and I have food on the table.
I then question if it is fair from me to ask of people to become more conscious of their actions when they might not have the space to do so.
However here’s were I would like to bring in my knowledge about confidence intervals. How much of the population on my social media have the possibility of advocating change? if we bring into perspective, the confidence interval of my audience, most of which are even wealthier than I myself am, I think it is safe to say that they are well capable of creating the same space that I create for such topics. I think it is safe to say that for the most part it is a matter of priority.
What are you prioritizing into your Utility function?
Rather than blaming politicians how about conducting better politics within our own spaces?