PETER SINGER: THE WHY AND HOW OF AFFECTIVE ALTRUISM

https://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism?language=en
RESPONSE TO VIDEO:
I THINK SINGER’S ARGUMENT TO GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED IS ONE OF MERIT, AS HE SEES THE OPULENCE THAT WE LIVE IN AND OUR ABILITY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED THROUGH MONETARY AID AND THROUGH THE SUBSTITUTION OF OPULENCE WITH “EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM”. YET, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT HE IS RIGHT IN HIS ASSUMPTION THAT GIVING MONEY TO HELP THE BLIND IN INDIA, WHERE THOUSANDS COULD BE SAVED, AND NOT ANY TO A HANDFUL IN ENGLAND IS RIGHT SO THAT YOU CAN “FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF WHENEVER YOU GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT”. THE DEFINITION OF ALTRUISM IS “THE BELIEF IN OR PRACTICE OF DISINTERESTED AND SELFLESS CONCERN FOR THE WELL­BEING OF OTHERS”, AND SINGER’S ARGUMENT OF “EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM” IS NOT EVEN ALTRUISTIC AT ITS CORE IF THE MAIN REASON IS TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT ONESELF AS THAT IS INHERENTLY SELFISH. THAT IN ADDITION TO THE IDEA OF QUANTITATIVE GIVING OVER QUALITATIVE GIVING, WHICH IS WHAT SINGER IS PROPOSING IN ADDITION TO THE IDEA THAT THE LIVES OF THE BLIND IN INDIA ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN THE LIVES OF THE BLIND IN ENGLAND. SINGER DEFINITELY PUT ME OFF THE IDEA OF GIVING BECAUSE IT MADE ME THINK WHETHER OR NOT I WOULD GIVE TO SIMPLY GIVE OR GIVE TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF. HONESTLY, NOT KNOWING MYSELF ENTIRELY DOESN’T HELP WITH THE DECISION OF TO GIVE OR NOT TO GIVE BUT I FEEL THAT IF I WAS OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE FIVE DOLLARS TO ANY CHARITY OF MY CHOICE AFTER SEEING HIS PRESENTATION, I WOULD DEFINITELY PONDER WHETHER I SHOULD GIVE ANYTHING OR NOT. NOW, MY OWN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS SHOULD NOT BE THE DEFINING FACTOR IN GIVING MONEY TO A HUNGRY CHILD IN SOMALIA OR BANGLADESH BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE REAL REASON AS TO WHY ONE IS GIVING BEFORE HANDING AWAY MONEY.
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