### What's Best for the World

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**Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:04 am UTC**Having read posts here for a number of years, I decided to finally join tonight so I could pose this rather unusual question to the community. I'm hoping to find some advice for a friend of mine, and hopefully provoke an interesting discussion along the way.

My friend has decided she needs to choose the career/life path that is objectively best for the world, or as close an approximation to that as possible. As I understand it, she ideally wants to come up with some model that takes into account all the current knowledge in the world, her own personal strengths, and what the world most needs. She's aware that obviously she can't personally learn everything, so she says she's content with just accumulating as much knowledge as she can know, or as much as she needs to know to make her decision, whichever comes first. She says she's sticking with this plan until someone can prove to her that there's a better way to go about rationally choosing what to do with your life.

The problem is, she doesn't seem to know quite where to start, or how to synthesize all this information once she gathers it. Aside from just calling her nuts, which is not helpful, does anyone have suggestions for how one would go about doing this? Or a compelling argument for how else one should go about deciding on a career given imperfect knowledge?

Thanks,

wanderer...

My friend has decided she needs to choose the career/life path that is objectively best for the world, or as close an approximation to that as possible. As I understand it, she ideally wants to come up with some model that takes into account all the current knowledge in the world, her own personal strengths, and what the world most needs. She's aware that obviously she can't personally learn everything, so she says she's content with just accumulating as much knowledge as she can know, or as much as she needs to know to make her decision, whichever comes first. She says she's sticking with this plan until someone can prove to her that there's a better way to go about rationally choosing what to do with your life.

The problem is, she doesn't seem to know quite where to start, or how to synthesize all this information once she gathers it. Aside from just calling her nuts, which is not helpful, does anyone have suggestions for how one would go about doing this? Or a compelling argument for how else one should go about deciding on a career given imperfect knowledge?

Thanks,

wanderer...