The Moral Obligation Of Affluent Individuals

951 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
The question on whether affluent individuals have a moral obligation to assist the poor is a widely controversial subject, and this was even apparent in our very own ethical reasoning class. So the question still stands, is it our duty to assist the poor? The answer is much simpler than people make it out to be. Yes.
While this answer is widely based of off my own opinion as well as those of Peter Singer, I am prepared to defend my answer not only with the Singers evidence but also with my own thoughts and motives. But I don’t believe that only the rich should feel the moral obligation to assist the poor, I believe everyone should do whatever we can to help one another. I do not believe that people should be forced into helping one another by laws and government authorities, but instead that it is the simply the right thing to do. First off I am going to explain the details of Singers argument for the moral obligation of affluent individuals to assist the poor. Singer basis his argument off utilitarian grounds, so generally promoting whatever promotes the most happiness for the most people. Here are Singers three main premises. First, if we have the power to prevent something bad from happening without having to sacrifice too much then morally we should do it. Second, poverty is the number one source of human misery. And third, those who are well-off have a moral obligation to help reduce poverty, but they do not necessarily have to sacrifice everything or anything of too…
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