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This is the right time to ask yourself: "What should I be doing to help'" For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten million children still die unnecessarily each year.
The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world's population, we must become part of the solution. In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible. Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life.
Peter Singer wrote The Life You Can Save to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible. Through this textbook, Singer argues that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life.
To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation's foreign aid is really directed to the world's poorest people).
In this textbook, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.
|Saving a Child||p. 3|
|Is It Wrong Not to Help?||p. 13|
|Common Objections to Giving||p. 23|
|Why Don't We Give More?||p. 45|
|Creating a Culture of Giving||p. 63|
|The Facts About Aid|
|How Much Does It Cost to Save a Life, and How Can You Tell Which Charities Do It Best?||p. 81|
|Improving Aid||p. 105|
|A New Standard for Giving|
|Your Child and the Children of Others||p. 129|
|Asking Too Much?||p. 140|
|A Realistic Approach||p. 151|
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Excerpted from The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer
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