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xkcd: Valentine Dilemma - バレンタイン版「囚人のジレンマ」


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Valentine Dilemma(バレンタイン・ジレンマ)

男: Flowers seem so ... trite.

Something homemade? Easy to look halfhearted.

女: Valentine's day is a corporate construct.

But hard to opt out of.

I don't want to be a consumer tool or an inconsiderate jerk.

男: How do I fight cliche? I could get her a gift on a different day.

But what am I proving?

女: It's such a contrived ritual. But maybe rituals are necessary social glue.

男: Forty presents. No, none! No, give her five items and then steal two from her.

OK, breathe. Keep it together.

女: And what if he gets me something and I don't reciprocate?

Prisoner's Dilemma.


男: I got you Easter candy and a jar of hammers.

女: I panicked and stapled my hand to my face.

男: We overthought this.

女: Yes.

Alt-text: The worst resolution to the Valentine Prisoner's Dilemma when YOU decide not to give your partner a present but your PARTNER decides to testify against you in the armed robbery case.







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