Since my post last week about billionaire giving, I have been thinking a lot about the ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘how much’ of charitable giving. It led me to dust off an old essay that I remember reading in high school that has remained for me one of the most thought provoking essays on poverty and giving that I’ve ever read. In this short essay, Peter Singer advances a proposal about giving that is as simple as it is radical. I won’t tell you his thesis, as the whole point of the essay is in the analogy he draws; however, I find this essay personally very convincing, and, to that degree, equally unsettling. What do you think? If you agree, even if only reluctantly, then what are the implications for your own habits of spending and sharing?
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