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Letter: Make a point of helping others

Extreme poverty is defined as lacking food, clean water, a reliable shelter, access to education and access to health care.

In 2008, The World Bank was able to set the poverty line at $1.25 a day, and a total of 1.4 billion human beings are living below that level. I have found that it is unethical to live luxuriously without aiding those who live in extreme poverty.

Being ethical is doing an activity that causes the greatest amount of happiness and pleasure for the greatest amount of people.

When those who live in luxury buy themselves a $200 watch it can bring happiness to the watch owner, but the same amount could be spent saving a life. In third world countries, life-saving measures can be taken for around $200-$300 a person.

Giving a person the instruments they need to stay alive can maximize happiness not only for that person, but everyone they touch.

There are some people out there who instead of practicing disinterestedness believe that they have worked hard for their own money and have the right to spend it. This is true, but what you have a right to do and what you should do are two very different things. People should want to do more to aid their fellow human beings and share their plight.

I would encourage people to share with others the disaster happening in our world and to do their part to try and save the 18 million preventable deaths every year.

Carlyn Thompson

Westminster

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