Lifeboat Ethics Essay

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This year alone there has been over 54,340,000 (cite) births and that number is growing by the second. The world’s population is continuously increasing and as we increase our resources decrease thus creating a worldwide global crisis. In 2013 there has been 4,926,304 hectares of forest loss, 6,632,144 hectares land lost to soil erosion, 32,673,470, 000 tons of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere, 11, 367,308 hectares of desertification and 9,276,088 tons of toxic chemicals released in the environment (cite). al resources. In his related article Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor he describes his analogy referring to wealthy developed countries and their obligation to aid the world’s developing countries. As Hardin suggests, if we do not act now to deter the inevitable collapse of our current resources we will run our civilization off this earth. We can (i) abide by our faithful moral standards and leave no man in the water and allow all 100 swimmers to come aboard but that would undoubtedly capsize the ship leaving everyone in despair, or (ii) admit only 10 individuals into the boat but face the moral dilemma of choosing which 10 gain admittance and also compromise the ‘safety room’ that allows for any conditional changes within our original group of 50 (i.e. births). However, if we choose to not let anyone in the boat we are still compromising our safety, as we must then guard ourselves against anyone who tries to overtake the vessel (Hardin 1974). For Hardin the choice in this situation a matter of survival over guilt, the harsh reality for him is that there are serious reproductive differences between the developed and developing worlds that must be taken into consideration. “The people inside the lifeboats are doubling in numbers every 87 years; those swimming around outside are doubling, on average every 35 years, more than twice as

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