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The needs of the many, the few, or the one: Which is most important?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) January 8th, 2011

Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few (or the one)? Or does the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many? Or does the needs of the one outweigh both?

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mrlaconic's avatar

I feel that in most situations the needs of the many out weight the needs of the one however each situation is different.

bob_'s avatar

It depends.

faye's avatar

The needs of the many usually outweighs, but I find the need of the one- me- to be most important to me. If we all had most of our needs met, it’d be an easier world for all.

tranquilsea's avatar

The answer to this question is situational. There are some situations where the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many. Disaster situations and the like. But I also think there are times when “the few” need to give up on needs/wants to maintain a balance with the many.

As @faye states above: you need to make sure that your needs are met. I think this is the most important fact of all. If your needs are met then you can go out and meet the needs of others.

Arbornaut's avatar

Yeah cant help anyone if you cant look after yourself.

Not_the_CIA's avatar

I help people if I can. I have no problem giving a few bucks that I would just waste. I’m lucky. I have been poor as fuck and sleeping outside. The generosity of others saved my ass. Small things like letting me do laundry at their place.

I have lived a pretty fucked up life. I managed to sort it out. Get back to me when you are in the fifth grade and only have three shirts and one pair of pants.

spidermonkey019's avatar

one outweighs both if the one is ME!

everephebe's avatar

Case by case.

incendiary_dan's avatar

If we’re actually talking about needs, than the needs of the many definitely outweigh the needs of the few (or one). It’s just logical, which is why Spock said it.

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