The cafe worker leaves the till open while she gets my coffee. No-one would see me take some money, and I’ll probably get away with it. So why should I do the right thing? While you’re pondering this, you could listen to Motorhead | I’m So Bad (Baby I Don’t Care).
The strip below is a simple and effective look at morality via game theory. It’s totally yoinked from webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
The “why be moral?” dilemma has been much discussed in philosophy, and has exercised my mind for many years. Part Two is coming, with some thoughts of my own. Meantime, what do you think?