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Across the globe in impoverished third world countries an estimated 50000 children die of starvation every day Quine 36 We have all seen the images of these children--bloated bellies fly covered bulging eyes--in television pleas by various charitable organizations While these images sicken us we idly sit by often flipping the channel to avoid them refusing to help these less fortunate kids The problem is made worse by the ever-increasing population Even the wealthy countries like our own now have a starvation problem Quine 29 Admittedly the problem here is less severe but it still exists With our current level of technology the resources at our disposal and a commitment to help those less fortunate we can and must end starvation around the world before it gets worseThe main problem facing efforts to wipe-out starvation in third world countries is that people feel no connection to those children The commercials appealing to our conscience and sympathies are ineffective because even though the images are awful the viewer feels removed from the people in the commercials There is no connection because the commercial could be nothing more than a fictional image in a movie We have all heard someone say or possibly have said ourselves We should help our own people first Intuitively there is something to this thought It doesnt make sense to us to pass over the starving in our own country to help children thousands of miles away This however does not free us from our moral obligation to help those who are far away What proponents of this view are pointing out is that we do have a problem in this country That simply means we are morally obligated to do something about the starving people here also not that we are not equally obligated to help people in other countries as well As philosopher Bertrand Russell points out Physical proximity is not relevant to moral obligation Russell 153 Distance and inconvenience
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