Comment: "The motivation is IRRELEVANT

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"The motivation is IRRELEVANT

"The motivation is IRRELEVANT to the RATIONALITY of the return vs. investment as measured by utility."

How can this be? The motivation is desire. It is ALWAYS desire.

Desire makes an act rational. If I desire inner peace and I feel that when I feed the poor- then I feed the poor. If I desire a new coat and I have to choose between that and feeding the poor- I have to weigh out my greatest desire.

I may need that coat and rationally decide to buy it. Or, I may decide- I will feed the poor and then hope the universe gives me a coat so I can enjoy the inner peace I always feel. Or- I don't need a coat. I'd rather feel peace.

Whatever choice I make- it reflects my greatest desire in the moment I act.