Thank you! This post is hyper relevant to me right now - I'm mid career in finance, earning to give, it's OK but don't necessarily love it, thinking of alternatives, part of what's holding me back is the sense that I would do much less good elsewhere (and also a general risk aversion born of earlier-in-life relative poverty, admittedly). This has provided some helpful food for thought.
I work in energy and infrastructure financing for a large bank in the UK, and don't have a background in business or finance.
This is amazing data, and not what I would have expected - I've just had my mind changed on the predictability of invention success. Thanks!
This, for me, is why I mainly engage with simple rules (give 10% of income through payroll giving to Givewell recommended charities, don't eat meat) and only occasionally do deep dives into the fundamental philosophy or actual individual suffering.
I don't so much disengage as just get really sad, which on the one hand, yes, the world has a ton of suffering in it, but also it's hard to operate with that level of sadness constantly. The engagement/reading for me is more like a 'sadness top-up' once in a while to make sure I stick to my rules.