Overall Singer claims that there is a major problem with absolute poverty; in order to prevent some of this poverty people should be obligated to assist the poor if nothing significant is comparable. He effectively breaks down and elaborate on his convincing premises by giving examples, and sufficient reasoning why we ought to prevent absolute poverty. In addition, there were some objections against Singers proposition, but his argument validated his conclusion. I was very convinced by Singer’s argument because his counter arguments were more persuasive and realistic. If society doesn’t prevent some poverty this problem of suffering from being poor it will continue.
1. "How should we feel about the statistics of today?" I feel that as a general public we should feel sad. The broken treaties of the past century and beyond caused this to happen. You almost makes you take action and want to help the people that are part of these statistics and do something to help improve their way of life in anyway possible.
The percentage of Americans that were losing jobs was outrageous “25 percent of all workers and 37 percent of all nonfarm workers were completely out of work.”(Great Depression) and that only increased. The people moved and were kicked out of their lands feed to find work elsewhere but work was scarce and was no where to be found. The african americans also had a harder time finding work as the whites were given unfair priority. Their was a substantial gap between the rich and the poor and the poor was the lowest percentage of people in the Americas. The people were in debt and and just dug themselves a deeper hole “,combined with production of more and more goods and rising personal debt,”(The Great Depressions) and had no way of making money to pay it all back without jobs.
In times of disasters, tragedies, and accidents, people assimilate and allocate resources to helping those affected by it because they will gain just as much. Empathy is a psychobiological need to connect with others in strife, and by easing the other’s suffering, the pressure to alleviate their own feelings around the issue is resolved. In a civilization that encourages global aid, in societies that promote the “greater good”, empathy is a major force in the interactions between people, nature, and concepts. The ability to experience another’s sorrow personally as a means of connection provides complicated commentary on human nature. While an act of empathy can be considered selfless, it is the performer’s reasoning behind the action that defiles its purity through gain of social standing or psychological profit.
The welfare system was designed to help people build a better life, not to continue to keep people in poverty. Some reasons the law was in effect could be because of welfare fraud. I understand there is a very serious issue with people abusing the system. However each case should be reviewed very closely to watch for fraud. If fraud is an issue then those people should have their benefits taken away.
It is important to also remember that, above the individual, Aristotle was concerned with the good of society in general. In places where resources are especially hard to come by, euthanasia may positively affect these societies. After all, the extending of the lives of the terminally ill comes along with financial as well as emotional strains for the family members thus, under these circumstances, it can be viewed as a very courageous act for someone to decide to end their own life for the sake of their relatives. In other words, society can have better financial benefits and fare better if those who are unproductive are euthanized. However, this argument is not consistent with Aristotle’s virtues of patience and temperance.
In document 24-3 Huey Long proposes the Redistribution of Wealth in which she stated “Lincoln freed the black man, but today the white and the black are shackled far worse than any colored person in 1860”. In addition, Long said “right now America’s debts, public and private, are $262,000,000,000, and nearly all of it has been laid on the shoulders of those who have nothing. It is a debt of more than $2,000 to every man, woman, or child.” In other terms, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – provided loans for house owners in order to help the building industry. Although it loaned money to families where economy was the main problem, it was unsuccessful because the Federal Hosing Administration did not have enough resources to keep it working for an extended period of
Today’s society has used and continues to use guilt as a way to get people to do the right thing. Making people feel guilty about their actions is a good thing, it makes them want to change their actions for the better. After all, people listen to others because of guilt, if one feels guilty because of their actions they will try to fix the wrong. Society should not make people loathe themselves or feel overly guilty. Instead, to get things done or make people see the reality of it, scaring or inflicting guilt will help the aim of society, which is making people do things out of guilt.
Society wants to put down as much as they can minority groups. This is a very big problem in the United states. I don’t see this aspect of society changing, with time things will only get worst. We want more and more power and money that we fail to realize who are we hurting in the long run. As a society we should stick together and not have one certain group have all the
While it’s natural to try to protect people from negative experiences it can make it difficult for them to tackle life’s larger problems down the line. Everyone needs the opportunity to build their confidence as well as their psychological strength, both of these are necessary to succeed. By shielding someone from life’s realities we set them up for failure as they are more vulnerable. So, while you made it through your parent’s divorce, being bullied, or moving that wasn’t the same level of trauma or adversity as someone else may have faced. There is a stark difference between these situations and physical or sexual abuse, or losing a loved one at a young age.