Feeling Less Guilt And Doing Some Good

The first summer I ever earned any money, I started reading the utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer, who had a few ideas about how I should spend it. To Mr. Singer, since it is cheap to save lives in the third world, we are culpable if we have the cash and don’t help save them. “If you would save a child from drowning in a pond, even if it meant ruining your expensive shoes,” he wrote, “then shouldn’t you also save a child from drowning in poverty, for the cost of your expensive shoes?”

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