If You Place Yourself in Singer's Hypothetical Examples That He Decries, Do You Reach the Same Conclusions He Does? Can You Refute His Hypothetical Situations?

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The Singer Solution to World Poverty

In the essay “The Singer Solution to World Poverty” by Peter Singer, he suggests that people who are prosperous should take or save their money to spend on luxury items and instead donate it to help needy people overseas. Singer’s hypothetical examples are very convincing. Although they are considered to be unrealistic, people should be more aware of poverty and take actions against them.

The first question one might ask is what is considered a “luxury”. Everyone has a different view of what a luxury is. For some, a television is considered a luxury. Others may consider it a need. There are several arguments for why the TV could be considered a need. People need to know what is going on in the world. If people do not have a television, how would they get their news. Moreover, without news we would not know what was going on in the world, but some people just rely on the TV to warn them of weather emergencies. Like a television, a car is also a transportation necessary vehicle. People use cars to make money or to go wherever they want; nevertheless, some people use them as a luxury and valuable thing more than a life.

Taking Bob’s situation in this essay is a typical example. He chose to keep his car for the financial security retirement to the rest of his life instead throw a switch that will divert the train down where his car is parked to save child’s life. I completely disagree with Bob’s decision. That is an unacceptable selfish act. If I could place myself in Bob’s situation, I would do whatever I could to save that child. Though knowing that that child does not relate to my intimate or my personal way. Suppose that if that child killed, what would happen to his parents? And if he were only one child in his family, how would his family suffer with the heavy loss? In the hypothetical example, Bob was wrong because he could have - but did not - saves a innocent child life by scarifying his car,...
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