Essay On Famine Affluence And Morality By Peter Singer

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This paper is regarding the article “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” written by Peter Singer. In this article Singer gives a critique on how famine can be prevented by individuals in rich countries helping the ones who are in need of the famine relief. Singer believes that we have moral obligations to act in a certain way like to become committed to helping others in need. My views contradict to Peter Singer’s theory as it challenges the demanding and less demanding principles of Singer through analyzing and comparing them. Peter Singer argues that people, especially the ones that live in wealthy countries must alter their inception of morality and act upon that. Singers theory of moral values and principles suggest that individuals actions…show more content…
As Singer relates this principle to helping Bengali refugees he explicitly depicts the idea of helping the refugees although this means that one will almost be in the same status as them. This principle is quite demanding since it challenges one to take actions that will benefit others but harm themselves. It requires one to radically change his or her life for others welfare. To make it clear, I definitely do not oppose the idea of helping less fortunate individuals. In fact I try to act upon the Hadith that states “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry.” My morals, values, and beliefs require me to help the people who are suffering or dying. It is truly heartbreaking to know that there are people dying due to starvation. If it is in our hands to prevent suffering, we ought to do it however we are not required to help immensely that we end up in the same or nearly same circumstances as the sufferer. This extremely demanding principle can result with unfortunate consequences to the helping hand. Therefore, one should be able to find the balance between helping the sufferers and becoming a

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