Rights to Help the Poor?
Some people have much more than they need to live while others barely have enough to survive. Very frequently, the “haves” possess no special virtues, or superpowers only a mere few posess; they are just simply lucky to have been born in relatively prosperous societies. Very frequently, the “have-nots” are desperate through no fault of their own — for example, victims of natural disasters such as famine, those born into third world countries , lower-income class families, and even those who fell victim to the crumbling economy. But what are the obligations, if any of the “haves” toward the “have-nots” in these cases? As Americans, we have Constitutional Rights, and nowhere in these documents does it state we must provide for our neighbor. The Bible, states “Thought shall love thy neighbor,” but there too, is no insinuation or outright law requiring society as a whole must care anyone. Nobody is put on this planet better than you, but some individuals are better for humanity. Garrett Hardin, Author of “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case against Helping the Poor”, argues this same point; that the “haves” require no responsibility towards the “have-nots”. But we are Americans. And In America, one of the reasons we are such a great nation, is our compassion. Our Lady Liberty stands tall saying, “Our doors will not close”, reaching out to those who want opportunity and a better life. We should not need a requirement to help out a fellow American, but we should instead be asking how we can help a fellow American. Consider the following. Rhetorical Precis – Singer
1: Peter Singer, an Austrailian Philosopher and Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University argues in his essay ,“Famine, Affluence, and Morality” that suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad. 2: If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought to do it. 3: It...
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