Lifeboat Ethics : The Reason Society Is Being Controlled By Egotistical Dimwits

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Lifeboat Ethics: The Reason Society is Being Controlled by Egotistical Dimwits
John Adams, iconic founding father and second president of the United States, gave a brief message to the officers of the first brigade of the third division of the militia of Massachusetts that included one very important line, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. The impoverished, the poor, the haves and the have nots; however it is defined, the division of those in poverty and those who are not have always been around since the dawn of time. For centuries, governments, politicians, economists, and even pastors have tried to design a plan that would end poverty across the world. However the sin of greed and desire seem to overthrow any type of advancement society has in helping the impoverished. For example, two iconic works both based in two different time periods, describe from opposing sides just how society would flourish with their idea of solving poverty. These works are better known as A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift and Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor by Garrett Hardin. In these proposals, Swift strategically describes the importance of Biblical morals through the use of a satirical “proposal” that involves eating the children of the poor to satisfy the greed of the rich. On the other hand, Hardin uses facts and an in-depth metaphor that describes how the rich are safely in a…

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