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Rich And Poor Rhetorical Analysis

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"None are so poor that they have nothing to give and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive."-Pope John Paul II. In “Rich and Poor”, Singer asserted the belief we have a duty to provide more aid to those suffering from poverty. According to his essay, Singer defines the idea of absolute poverty as “ a miserable condition for basic human existence”. He states the fact of 400 million people lack the necessary calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals need to live a normal life; children are affected the worst. He also states “by not giving more than we do, people in rich countries are allowing people in poor countries to suffering from within due to poverty”. This notion gives a consequentialist view on how we can allow people to…show more content…
Yes, world hunger is a drastic state of being, but we must attend to those around us, our families, and the poor in our own country. This concept was the foundation of his argument, while his second argument is left to be unchallenged. His second premise has more of an act utilitarian view. His only questionable argument is his third point about how absolute poverty can be preventable. His objection avoids the theory of aid given to the poor will create an impact on the world’s poverty issues. On the contrast, he uses a utilitarian view to prove we have an obligation to consider giving up luxuries to satisfy moral happiness across the world. However, an important objection was censured to the consequences of Singer’s argument towards those in absolute poverty. The objection is known as the ethics of triage, this objection disproves the claim Singer made about having an obligation to aid those in absolute poverty. Population and the ethics of triage are in it most extreme form that exemplifies that we should adopt to a triage policy. The triage is divided into three categories: individuals beyond the level of assistance, individuals who are better off with assistance, and individuals who do not require assistance. In this example, only the poor countries that need assistance would receive the help needed and the middle rich countries would benefit from assistance from the rich countries. According to the triage, we should only apply aid to countries that could benefit the most from it, but we should also not give assistance to countries that can assist themselves. We should also not aid any country who doesn’t have any control over their population. Substantially, we need to emphasize on assisting countries where our help will determine the difference between their success or failure with the balance of food and population size. This argument correlates to the consequentialist views.
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