Peter Singer Essay

1242 Words Apr 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher and professor at Princeton University asks his students the simple question of whether they would save a drowning child from a pond, while wearing they’re bran new pair of expensive shoes. The response was aggressive and passive “How could anyone consider a pair of shoes, or missing an hour or two at work, a good reason for not saving a child’s life?” ¹ Singer continued to argue that “ according to UNICEF, nearly 10 million children under five years old die each year from causes related to poverty.” ² Is not saving a child drowning in a pond right in front of you the same thing as a child half way across the world dying in poverty? Peter Singer’s response would be a big yes, he explains his way of …show more content…
I would say I am a hard working student, the only time I do have to myself is when I’m switching from one class to the next or when I’m sleeping. So yes, when I get the extra bit of cash, I do like to buy a new pair of shoes, or put my money in the savings account I am trying to accumulate for my Europe trip. Peter Singer makes a strong point of how fortunate we are to have been able to grow up in a society where all our means are met. It is very true that if we had been born in Haiti or Somalia, no matter how hard we worked we wouldnt have anything to show for it. “ Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest people, acknowledged as much when he said : If you stick me down in the middle of Bangladesh or Peru, you’ll find out how much this talent is going to produce in the wrong kind of soil.”⁶ Having all the accomodations so easily reached we are practically able to be who ever we want to be. Singer goes on to say that, yes you do have a right to spend money on things you want, but choosing to spend money on goods rather than saving human lives is wrong. I dislike this opinion very much only because we cant save everyone in the world. Just beacuse I bought a jacket yesterday doesnt mean it would have saved someones life if I hadnt bought it. Yes I understand that people all over the world are dying because of consumers like me that are going out and spending money on the “must haves” in life, but we as a country have needs as

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