A Basic Philosophy Test

The problem many Americans have with mask wearing is proof of the grocery cart dilemma - and it doesn’t speak well of us.

The grocery cart dilemma is the simplest philosophy question we run into in daily life.

To wit -

  • returning a grocery cart is a simple way of helping others (the grocery workers who have to maintain the area)
  • no one is watching to see if you actually do it
  • there is no penalty for not doing it

It’s a simple test - are you a good person? Yes or no. Are you willing to impose a very minor inconvenience upon yourself for the greater good of others, with no reward for doing so?

Mask wearing in 2020-2021 is identical - and there are a lot of people who fail.