April 5, 2011
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO POVERTY
Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty (New York: Random House, 2009) ("Most of us prefer harmony to discord, whether between ourselves and others or within our own minds. That inner harmony is threatened by any glaring discrepancy between the way you live and the way you think you ought to live. Your reasoning may tell you that you ought to be doing something substantial to help the world's poorest people, but your emotions may not move you to act in accordance with this view. If you are persuaded by the moral argument, but are not sufficiently motivated to act accordingly, I recommend that instead of worrying about how much you would have to do in order to live a fully ethical life, you do something that is significantly more than you have been doing so far. Then see how that feels. You may find it more rewarding than you imagined possible." Id. at 172-173.).