One of the problems with being an avowed altruist is that it's hard to talk about it with other people without coming across like you're trying to claim you're better than them.
One of the problems with being an aspiring effective altruist is that it's hard to talk about it with other people without coming across like you're trying to claim you're better than everyone else, including other avowed altruists, and definitely including non-altruistic plebes.
(This, I think, is something of a barrier to effective altruism becoming a more popular thing, and I'd like to see it change.)
But if I can't write about this in the locus of the interval between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can't write about it at all, and that would be really quite sad for me, so here goes.
Part 1 of ? in a multi-part sequence on effective altruism -- stay tuned! 
In a story which is, at least, not completely apocryphal, tennis player Arthur Ashe was dying from acute AIDS when, in response