Altruism and Systems Thinking

The Unintended Consequences Edition

Man likely sickened by plague in critical condition in Bend (Oregon)

“The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was listed in critical condition on Tuesday.”

Good intentions very frequently have bad outcomes. For an excellent read on this subject, I suggest “Pathological Altruism”, edited by Barbara Oakley.

And thank you for reading this post. Because I only ever really, really, really had your best interests in mind and it was, after all, for your own good.

Update: 2012.06.18

Slashdot thread on the story here.