Garrett Hardin 's An Obligation For All Of Us

2080 Words Dec 15th, 2015 9 Pages
As long as the human race has been on this Earth there have always been those who are above the rest with their wealth and prosperity and those who are poor and could use a hand. With this rises the dilemma of whether it is a moral obligation for those who are wealthy to lend a helping hand to the hungry people that are less fortunate than them. That brings the question of what would this moral obligation be; would it be something that we perceive as being the correct thing to do or an actual obligation that is required of us. The two men whose articles I will be discussing today have differing views when it comes to this subject. On one hand we have Garrett Hardin who believes that aiding the poor is the wrong course of action. We then have Peter Singer who believes that is should be an obligation for all of us to help those in need. While Garrett Hardin makes a strong argument as to why we should not provide aid to the poor it is Peter Singer’s argument that gives a more compelling reason as to why it is right for us to aid those in need. Peter Singer’s argument is simple; he writes about how it is his belief that all of us who are more fortunate than other have a moral obligation to help those who are less fortunate. Singer starts his argument with the assumption that “ suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad.”. He then writes, “ If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of…
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