Famine, Affluence, and Morality

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“Famine, Affluence, and Morality” “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” was written by Peter Singer. The article is about poverty in East Bengal and how we as humans refuse to aid the people there. There are many different things that have affected the outcome of poverty in East Bengal, much of which was from natural disasters. His article covers why and how we should help these people in their time of need. He pleads with mankind, “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do so (Singer, 1972).” Basically he is saying that if it is in the power of any man to lend a hand to those less fortunate then it is their responsibility to be that hand. We have a moral obligation to help those in need when we can. Singer believes that the countries around the world that are better off than East Bengal should be helping. He states that there is a dire need for money from other countries to keep the people of East Bengal alive and well. The estimated cost for keeping refugees in East Bengal alive for one year is 464,000,000 euro, yet the amount given only amounts to about 65,000,000 euro (Singer, 1972). In his article he states the reasons why we should help them, including the reasoning that as human kind we should try to help if we can. It is our job to help them financially when we are able to do so. Medical needs, food, and shelter needs should be taken care of and it is our moral responsibility to help fix these problems. Singer argues that the people of East Bengal should not suffer and die because we are unwilling to help financially when we are able. It is morally wrong to let them starve, go sick and die when we could prevent such outcomes. It does not matter how far away we are from East Bengal, it is morally wrong to turn our heads and pretend that nothing has

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