80,000 Hours is a student run organization at Oxford University that helps people find a job or career in something that makes the world better. This is great for so many obvious reasons – but the one I love the most is that it shows how philosophy can be applied in your life everyday.
Do you want to spend 8 (or more) hours a day just earning a couple dollars when you can get paid to make the planet, people, and the world better?
According to the organizationâ€™s view of ethics-as-impact, a do-gooder job only â€œdoes goodâ€ insofar as you are better at it than the person who would have filled the job otherwise. â€œThis is the replaceability factor,â€ says MacAskill. â€œThe difference between you and the person who would have been in your shoes.â€ If youâ€™re fully replaceable, you are, quite literally, not making a difference.