Do we as a wealthy nation have a responsibility to help alleviate the suffering that is occurring in impoverished nations? - If not, why not?
- If so, what is the basis of that obligation?
Either way, make sure you address several of the issue brought up by Singer, Pogge, Harding and Sen. Answer:
I like many people believe that the people of wealthy nations have a moral responsibility to help poor nations. When I was doing some research on this subject, I learned some people have said that all people have a moral responsibility to help people in harm’s way and when doing so would not cause harm to them. And as a person I do know that suffering and death from starvation are both considered harmful things. I do also see that it is very clear that small financial sacrifices on the part of people from wealthy nations can prevent massive amounts of suffering and death from starvation just by helping in small ways. So from my point of view and research I do now believe that people in a wealthy nation have at least some moral responsibility to help poor nations. I also see that Singers argument does add up with my research so I do agree with Singers argument as well. Singer asks us to consider this argument. Suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care are bad. “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it.. It is in our power to prevent suffering and death by giving money to causes such as famine relief. Therefore, we have a moral obligation to give money to causes such as famine relief. We should give and it is wrong not to give.
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