Jul 30, 2022
In EA orthodoxy, if you're really serious about EA, the three alternatives that people most often seem to talk about are
(1) “direct work” in a job that furthers a very important cause;
(2) “earning to give”;
(3) earning “career capital” that will help you do those things in the future, e.g. by getting a PhD or teaching yourself ML.
By contrast, there’s not much talk of:
(4) being in a job / situation where you have extra time and energy and freedom to explore things that seem interesting and important.
But that last one is really important!