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In this paper it is necessary to discuss one statement made by Singer and I choose for the analysis the next one. Singer claims that “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.” I want to say that it is strong argument, and Singer said describing it that “if I am walking past a shallow pond and see a child drowning in it, I ought to wade in and pull the child out. This will mean getting my clothes muddy, but this is insignificant, while the death of the child would presumably be a very bad thing.”
This argument has dual nature and against it can be used one objection, that appeal to take care of own life, because nobody will help you when something bad will happen with you and now you should think about own future and health. Many people has egoistic nature now and helping other people you can make them lazy, because they have already got accustomed to help from other people and don’t want to look for the ways of their own problem solution.
Another side of this argument, stated by Singer, forced us to think how we can defend the argument and prove that people have a right for help and if you have such possibility you should do it. Every person has possibility to help other people, I mean not only with money, but it can be social activity or something else. It is our duty to be kind to other people and all religions also argued that it is right position to create and be good person.
For the conclusion it is necessary to say that contrasting two sides of one question I agree with Singer and should say that I like to help people and we should remember about people around us every day and every minute. It is an old proverb that when you make something good it will return to you in a full degree. As I mentioned in the first paragraph of this paper the statement of Singer is firm and it has many centuries of help and love on its base. We must be patient and kind in relate to other people, because to be indifferent to people’s sufferings is a great sin.
Singer, Peter. Famine, Affluence, and Morality. Philosophy and Public Affairs, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 1972), pp. 229-243 [revised edition]