It’s because I work in ethics, and, more specifically, applied ethics, that I think it’s important that if you have things to say that you think are right and you think could make the world a better place, it’s important that many people read about them.
Well the real concept of basic needs if you cut it right down are simply the physical needs that are unavoidable for all of us. So to have enough calories to keep our bodies going. Have shelter from extreme elements. To have water that is safe to drink, So I think that’s the core of it.
For example, one way of giving yourself a strong incentive to reach your goal is to commit to pay money to someone if you fail. Better yet, you can specify that you will have to pay a certain sum to a cause that you detest.
To make sustainable progress in reducing extreme poverty will require improvements in both the quantity and quality of aid.
Grain that is used to feed animals that end up on our tables as turkeys and hams could have gone to feed starving people.
Knowing that we can control our own behaviour makes it more likely that we will.
If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally, then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.
The price we are willing to pay for safety cannot be infinite. It is distasteful to put a price on human life, but the more we spend on safety, the less we will have for our other goals.
If we all think only of our own interests, we are headed for collective disaster – just look at what we are doing to our planet’s climate.
You shouldn’t say ‘animals’ to distinguish between humans and non-humans. We are all animals.