Incentive

December 19, 2015

No matter how faithful an adherence one claims to have to reason and morality, the forces of incentive will always play a role in exerting influence over their decisions. If a medical professional is rewarded when they are presented with pain, suffering and disease, they will find ways of enabling these conditions. If a police officer is rewarded when they encounter crime, violence and societal ills, they will find ways of enabling these likewise. A society must find ways of placing incentives in their proper order that the most just, peaceful and healthiest outcome may emerge. Ignoring the power of incentive and assuming that conditioning is only a phenomena relevant to animals, without including humans, is symptomatic for the absence of reason and toxic arrogance.