Paper #5, The Singer Solution to World Poverty (first draft)
September 21, 2013
Did you know that American citizens donated over $316,000,000,000 to charitable organizations in 2012? In “The Singer’s Solution to World Poverty” written by Peter Singer, a Professor of Bioethics, he talks about how much Americans choose luxury over helping to save a child’s life, just like Bob chose to save his Bugatti instead of the child in the story. Singer believes he has the simple solution to world poverty. All it takes is sacrificing all our luxury and giving that extra money to charitable organizations like UNICEF or Oxfam America, so that they can use it to save the lives of starving children around the world. While it is a wonderful idea to donate money to the less fortunate children in the world, donating every single bit of extra money is just too demanding. People should have a giving heart but still be entitled to enjoy their luxuries.
As mentioned earlier, giving money to help dying children around the world is a great idea because it has its pros. In fact, the most popular advantage of giving to world poverty is just the thought that a child’s life can be saved by simply donating as little as $200. That money goes towards providing food and health care which is a heroic gesture to a dying child. According to the official UNICEF website, which may or may not be accurate, in the sixty years the organization has been around, donations has resulted in reducing children under five mortality rates by 50%; unbelievable. Even though everybody may not be capable of giving vast amounts of money to charity, there are still pros regardless of one’s financial status. For a lower/middle class person who has a strict budget, an advantage is that donating may improve their sense of well being. This person already has wants and needs but they decided to make a sacrifice to help another human being; this kind of act may give that person a sense of purpose in the...