Lifeboat ethics

Essay by Aziza1993University, Bachelor'sA, March 2014

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Critical Review: Hardin, Garret. Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor. Psychology Today. 1974

Lifeboat Rules of a Life Value

Can we claim our honesty to be real for everyone? The writer Garret harden, ecologist researching overpopulation, in his article Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor gives major arguments that would both agree with you and not.

On my behalf to the article, the author intended to raise globally important issues, and having both intrinsic credibility and partially pathos, sometimes, in the text he could pursue the reader. The key terms and phrases I could instantly memorize were those about the UN being a toothless tiger, or the term "spaceship" that is perfectly matched with its implication.

The ground of the article is that rich countries should not take care of those of poor. His vision of a correct salvation is "tough love" (ref.,

1) that would save the planet, or better called "spaceship" than lifeboat. Hardin suggests several ways to overcome the issues. He suggests we better show the minor countries the way to survive, and not just safe their lives. As an ancient Chinese proverb goes: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his days." The idea is to take care of yourself and let others learn the same. (ref., 3) He somewhat may be pretending to have lived in an exemplary nation, so he tries to show the model life. Moreover, He calls for people's attention to be more realistic, as the ethics or moral to help the poor are already founded in a person, but this is not what we need now according to Hardin. As I understood for the strong and...