Moral Responsibility Of Homelessness In The United States

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“I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently”- J.K Rowling. Furthermore, when one is so fortunate, it is up to us to aid and support the less fortunate. Humans across the globe are desperate and societies more fortunate, like the U.S, must respond in these times of crisis. In addition, moral responsibility imposes that we, as humans, ethically and morally must act to drastically transform and better this world. We know and see all our problem, how we hurt the environment, animals, the land, and ourselves all because we want to be better. Individuals of our society have a moral responsibility to right the wrongs in the world caused by indifference.
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Several believe that we should focus on ourselves, that aiding and supporting others is a lost cause and waste of our resources, that we have already done enough. Consequently, there are approximately 550,000 of the U.S. population considered homeless here America, but that does not amount the millions of people in Syria who face fates far worse than homelessness. In the same way, there are organizations and shelters that help the homeless in America, but not as many that help free Syria. Our homeless rates keep dropping while Syria's death rates rise. Some might have heard that one person will not make a big difference but it will. The actions of one person or a country have the capability to make a difference. As discussed in “The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle” by Peter Singer, that one person is all it takes to save that one life, a drowning child. Moving on, in #Chicagogirl, Ala’a Basatneh pushes rigorously to aid thousands in Syria. She uses the power of social media social media to fight the events in Syria. Similarly, everything starts with one person and from that, they build to a whole movement. According to Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference”, Elie argues, “If they knew we thought surely those leaders would have moved heaven and earth to intervene” (11 Wiesel) and “...the Pentagon knew” (12 Wiesel). Many view this as the U.S. not wanting to act,…show more content…
After all, many people see our country, the United States, as a great country of hopes and dreams, we are a role model, a beacon of hope. Elie Wiesel mentions that “in America, the great country, the greatest democracy, the most generous of all new nations in modern history” (Wiesel 13). For example, a donation can give someone in need their food for the day or the medical attention, so they can see the next day. Also, “Our capacity to affect what is happening, anywhere in the world, is one way in which we are living in an era of global responsibility” (Singer 3). When one of the U.S.’s ships had an oil spill off the coast of France in 1978 we corrected this wrong immediately. When any of us makes a mistake we fix it and when we can not we have help. Helping each other is the only way we can coexist
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