Food For Thought: Practice in Selflessness

“People do not feel in any way ashamed or guilty about spending money on new clothes or a new car instead of giving it to [a certain] relief. (Indeed, the alternative does not occur to them.) This way of looking at the matter cannot be justified. When we buy new clothes not to keep ourselves warm but to look ‘well-dressed’ we are not providing for any important need. We would not be sacrificing anything significant if we were to continue to wear our old clothes, and give the money to [a] relief. By doing so, we would be preventing another person from starving.”

–Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence, and Morality

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