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Examples Of Effective Altruism

Effective Altruism is based on the philosophy of “working hard to earn money then giving as much of it as you can to the needy”. The members of Effective Altruism use this as a guideline when it comes to making the world a better place. It is crazy to think that money is the main focus when it comes to making the world a better place, although money is helpful there are numerous ways to help those in need. Also, the way the EA’s think and the values that they promote are unrealistic ways to live life.

Based on the EA’s philosophy their main focus is that the needy can only be greatly helped with money, which should be considered incorrect. Helping the needy or helping any cause, in general, can be done in different ways, not only by giving your money A person putting their time and effort into a cause can be just as beneficial as money, if not more. For example, say that a teacher from anywhere in the world decided that she was going to dedicate her time to educating kids whose parents could not afford an education for their children. Doing this can be more effective than just handing over money.

Her time alone can do so much more than money, she is putting herself in the midst of the issue. This teacher is educating kids who are in need so that they can potentially move on to become successful people. Which can be one step in helping stop the cycle of uneducated poor parents creating uneducated poor kids. Whereas if people are just handing over their money to “effective charities”. Plus, who is to say that money is being used in the most effective way to potentially create less needy people or is it just being used to support the needy lifestyle with shelters and clothes.

Education to those in need of it is worth more to people than all the shelters and all the clothes that money can provide. This is not to say that money is not important in helping, it is but time and effort put into volunteering and putting yourself in the midst of that charity is where the real results will come from. When you state that there are other ways to make a difference the EA’s might go on to ask “does your preferred good deed make as much of a difference as simply handing over the money? The answer is yes, putting in your time makes more of a difference.

All the money we donate to Africa or poor countries with sick kids all over the world, those places don’t see real results until nurses and doctors volunteer their time to travel over there and make the difference. The EA’s promote very unrealistic ways a person should live their life. For example, When Southan asked Hilton in the essay “Is Art a Waste of Time? ” what the EA’s thoughts were on using art as a source to improve the world this struck Hilton as strange.

He did not understand “The idea that someone’s book, film, painting, or dance could be their way to reduce the world’s suffering”. So if Southan who has a love for writing scripts was also passionate about helping those in need he would have to find a new well-paying source of income, which could potentially guide him into a profession that he is not passionate about. And who would stay in a job that they did not enjoy just to give “10 percent” (435) of their income to charity, let’s be honest.

If an artist wanted to help they should not have to go and find a whole new career. They can make a difference with their art by painting pictures that people can wake up to, look at, and it gives them hope to not give up and make it out of their struggle. An artist can use their paintings to bring awareness. An artist can spend their day painting pictures of kids to boost their self-esteem. A writer can write stories to uplift people, to put a smile on their face, or to give words of inspiration and encouragement.

Any art can make a difference. The EA’s could potentially have more followers if they let people help in the way that they can. Instead of looking down at them because that person’s way of helping is not ideal for their movement or it doesn’t fit their philosophy. In Southan’s essay, he states that the EA’s have dedicated their life to helping others, but anyone who just takes a “break from working to reduce suffering throughout the world is like having a leisurely nap beside a lake where thousands of kids are screaming for our help. ” (435).

This is an unrealistic view although they have dedicated their lives to helping others they can’t expect everyone to do the same. Also, one person should not be looked down on because they are spending less time than you are on an issue, any help is good help. Not everyone can dedicate themselves to doing this but even if they are taking a couple hours or a couple days out of their lives to help that is making a difference. If everyone sat by without ever lifting a hand to help, then that would be “having a leisurely nap beside a lake where thousands of kids are screaming for our help. ”

But even if you are helping just for a few hours it’s making a difference. The EA’s should create a new philosophy or disregard their current one and just accept people to help in the way that they can or choose to. If they truly cared about making a difference they should not judge people on the way they decide to help or if their career makes good enough money. If anything people should be judged on if their helping or not. Maybe the Effective Altruism’s new philosophy could be “Any help is good help no matter how small. ”

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