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Old 08-26-2019, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Shodan View Post
In a system with no personal responsibility, the ants should institute a wealth tax on themselves and use it to support the grasshopper, even if he did nothing to contribute to the system. Out of altruism, I suppose.
Maybe out of altruism. Maybe out of an entirely non-altruistic desire not to have to step over the rotting bodies on the street, or to have said bodies infect the air and water.

Or possibly out of awareness that people who do a great deal to contribute to the system often nevertheless wind up in need of support, and that everybody is unable to contribute to the system at some points in their lives and might become unexpectedly in that state at any time; combined with a desire not to have to worry about becoming one of those bodies on the street, should they find themselves in one of those categories.