Lockdown or the Economy: Buridan’s Ass is Alive and Kicking!
Choosing the greater good is a challenge playing out in front of us as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on us. We are hungry for certainty, yet, much like Buridan’s Ass, we sit between two bales of hay not knowing what to do. In John Buridan’s thought problem of a starving donkey, the issue of free will is turned on its head when the choice between two bales of hay is equally rational. We are nearing a similar crossroads as a choice is being made for the greater good between lockdowns and reopening the economy.