Analysis Of The Singer Solution To World Poverty

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Life over Luxury Everyday, wealthy American consumers buy huge houses, flat screen TV’s for every room in their house, $100,000 automobiles, DVD players to go in their brand new rides, and a plethora of other luxury items. Peter Singer, in "The Singer Solution to World Poverty," argues that there is no reason why these Americans and every other American who can afford to, does not donate to the needy. Since Singer cannot force anyone to donate money, he creates two hypothetical situations to support his argument and to get the reader to ask the question, "should I donate or not?" These hypothetical settings are seemingly persuasive in getting the reader to want to donate, but the argument loses its strength later on and the reader becomes…show more content…
"Unlike Dora, Bob did not have to look into the eyes of the child he was sacrificing for his own material comfort" (Singer 311). Singer stated that even though they were in two totally different situations dealing with the children, they both should have done everything that they possibly could to save the child. Singer is a utilitarian that looks at the effects of an action to determine whether it was right or wrong. In Dora’s situation, the child lived because she made the moral judgement to do the right thing, but she was still wrong for agreeing to sale the child. He feels that Dora made the right choices in her situation. As for Bob, Singer doesn’t believe that he made the best decision and feels that he should be punished for his actions. Singer thinks that the actions of both Bob and Dora are the same as the result of people in this world not donating money to help needy children. Singer states how easy it is to help a child by donating, yet so many people turn the other cheek and only think of themselves. According to Singer, it takes only $200 to save a child's life, and yet so many people are able but not willing to donate. Singer should not have demanded people to donate every cent of their extra money to save a child because it really redirects the attention of the audience he’s trying to persuade. I think a person with a good moral judgement would have redirected the train and saved the child regardless of the car. Material things can be replaced but the lives of people

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