Questions that are very important for me! Looking for answers!

Joost20 (@joost20) 8 years, 6 months ago

Somebody posted this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism.html
I couldn’t find the discussion again but thank you for the one who posted the talk! This talk kept me thinking. It raised many questions. It feels to me that it is really important to watch this talk and have a discussion the content of this TED-talk. I know that not everybody is going to watch this talk so I will try to post some the question that kept me thinking over the last few weeks.
1. Let’s say that somebody got hit by a bus and you’re the only one around and his live is in your hands. Without your help he wouldn’t survive. You would feel really bad if you didn’t do anything and this person would in front of you. But what if there is not 2 m but 10000 km between you and the person who dies. There are so many people dying from preventable diseases in Africa. And we know that we are indirect in a position to save lives. Each one of us. Just by giving money to charities like ‘Against Malaria Foundation’ we are in a position to save lives! And my question is: ‘ Can you blame people for not doing everything to save these lives?’ I hope that you understand what I mean. We are in the same way I a position to help as with the guy who gets hit by a bus.
2.My second question is: ‘When we decide to help through giving money to charities. When is it enough?’ I understand that we don’t want to give all our money away. But when we say: ‘All lives have equal values’. Then I start to think in lives with everything I do. You buy 5 beers for your friends! Fun! 10 euro’s! 2 malaria patients without a cure! And you where in the position to help. I really start feeling bad when I think about this. Because aren’t we responsible to save the lives we can? Especially when ‘all lives have equal values’. Most of my friends say that they have an ‘healthy amount of egoism’ which withholds them from this bad feeling. I can’t find a reason to justify my ‘good times’ with friend when I think about this problem. I really want to know how you guys think about this topic and I hope it was not to long! My English is not fluently, I did my best! I have more questions but I will keep them for later.. HOPING FOR REACTIONS!

June 6, 2013 at 3:38 am
Joost20 (37) (@joost20) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

Sorry i will try it again i think i did somethingwrong

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Joost20 (37) (@joost20) 8 years, 6 months ago ago

Somebody posted this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism.html
I couldn’t find the discussion again but thank you for the one who posted the talk! This talk kept me thinking. It raised many questions. It feels to me that it is really important to watch this talk and have a discussion the content of this TED-talk. I know that not everybody is going to watch this talk so I will try to post some the question that kept me thinking over the last few weeks.
1. Let’s say that somebody got hit by a bus and you’re the only one around and his live is in your hands. Without your help he wouldn’t survive. You would feel really bad if you didn’t do anything and this person would in front of you. But what if there is not 2 m but 10000 km between you and the person who dies. There are so many people dying from preventable diseases in Africa. And we know that we are indirect in a position to save lives. Each one of us. Just by giving money to charities like ‘Against Malaria Foundation’ we are in a position to save lives! And my question is: ‘ Can you blame people for not doing everything to save these lives?’ I hope that you understand what I mean. We are in the same way I a position to help as with the guy who gets hit by a bus.
2.My second question is: ‘When we decide to help through giving money to charities. When is it enough?’ I understand that we don’t want to give all our money away. But when we say: ‘All lives have equal values’. Then I start to think in lives with everything I do. You buy 5 beers for your friends! Fun! 10 euro’s! 2 malaria patients without a cure! And you where in the position to help. I really start feeling bad when I think about this. Because aren’t we responsible to save the lives we can? Especially when ‘all lives have equal values’. Most of my friends say that they have an ‘healthy amount of egoism’ which withholds them from this bad feeling. I can’t find a reason to justify my ‘good times’ with friend when I think about this problem. I really want to know how you guys think about this topic and I hope it was not to long! My English is not fluently, I did my best! I have more questions but I will keep them for later.. HOPING FOR REACTIONS!

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