Lifeboat Ethics In Garrett Hardin's The Call Of The Wild

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“He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive,” quoted by Jack London in the story ‘The Call of the Wild.’ Garrett Hardin was an ecologist who alerted the risks of overpopulation and was so passionate about the topic that he wrote several essays and books on it. In the essay, “Lifeboat Ethics,” he discusses that people in rich countries should not help the people of poor countries, and we should not assist them with our resources. Hardin uses two metaphors to illustrate two ways of either helping the poor countries or not. One of the metaphors is the spaceship, which shows how if …show more content…
Throughout the whole essay, he briefly talks about the positive outcomes of the spaceship and instead discusses everything wrong with it. “The spaceship metaphor can be dangerous when used by misguided idealists to justify suicidal politics for sharing our resources through uncontrolled immigration and foreign aid. In their enthusiastic but unrealistic generosity, they confuse the ethics of a spaceship with those of a lifeboat.” Hardin passionately discusses how the lifeboat method will work not only for the wealthy countries but for the poor countries as well. His point of view for the lifeboat method is consistent through the whole essay and gave major points and reasons to agree with …show more content…
The various implications of adhering to the ideas presented in the passage are when there is not enough food the people from richer countries will not only be angry but would want to revolt. If the people revolt the rich countries would be in an even worse situation than in the beginning when they only had to worry about small countries. Not only would there be revolts, but there would be famine, crimes, injustice, deaths, and no sense of authority. The consequences and repercussions of events and ideas as presented by the author seem like, because, as humans, we do not respond well when we have to suffer especially when we could have avoided

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