"It’s called “choice closure,” a physical act of closure, like closing your menu or putting the lid back on the cookie jar, that triggers a person’s perception of the finality of their choice, says lead study author Yangjie Gu, a PhD candidate at London Business School. That means that you’re less likely to be satisfied with your decision if you didn’t finish your decision-making process by doing something that signals its completion. "
On top of this, the same analogy goes for society and the far-future. No matter how crazy unusual or ambitious your goals or the goals society should have, society still needs to manage itself. Avoid catastrophe continues to matter, which includes a stable economy, the ability to direct unexpected resources at a problem, how it governs itself. This is the place your utopian dreams and plans has in common with the traditional forms of stable society though you've abandoned the everyday future results society aspires to.
Paying to reduce risks from a specific GCR
How could I best donate money to prevent damage from a specific GCR like synthetic pathogens or super-volcanoes? For each of these causes, I could give to the upper-meta EA organizations, give to GCRI, or FHI. These organizations should make generic progress towards solving these issues, but I'm interested in finding the options that are specific enough to have different giving targets for each cause.