Effective Altruism Has A Messiah-Complex Problem

Jessicah Lahitou
6 min readDec 5, 2022

For aspiring authors feeling the intimidation that often accompanies beginning a new project, novelist E.L. Doctrow offered the following advice: “Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.”

This little tidbit came to mind while listening to a recent episode of “Plain English,” the reliably excellent…

--

--

Jessicah Lahitou

Writer on Education, Politics, and Pop Culture. I stan all things Marilynne Robinson, and I’m still here for Saul Bellow.