Famine, Affluence and Mortality
Today in society we look at financial aid as a controversial thing in America. For example, we have put so much emphasis on financial aid to others and our own that it has become one of the main reasons we have put America into such debt. Has this changed the way people feel about what is morally right for others? Have we forgotten how to help or do we just not care unless it is right in front of our face? Although there are countries where people are starving and living in conditions not suited for humans, we still do not quite know where our moral duties lie when trying to help those who need it most.
In the eyes of a society, what is classified as doing “ones part” when it comes to others in need? Are we doing enough or if it is not in plain sight do we brush it off and rely on someone else to pick up the bill? What about the morals that we should all be instilled with, are they forgotten? In the article Famine, Affluence and Morality by Peter Singer, he gives some much needed insight to what ones moral obligations should be and where they should be in cases of giving to those in need. After reading this article there just might be a bigger message he is trying to get across.
Peter Singers article suggests that it should be everyone’s moral and personal duty to give aid or assistance wherever it is needed. This would be so that changes can be made for the future of those suffering. It is called humanity, something that many overlook. Singer believes that everyone indeed does have the power to prevent certain things that are unethical and morally wrong from happening. People can use this power without scarifying comparable moral importance that is known morally as the right thing to do for any person or country that is in need of aid or refuge. (Singer, 1972.) Singer believes everyone should look at the big picture of greediness for those who have the means to buy such...