Peter Singer’s Upside Down World

“March Hare: …Then you should say what you mean.
Alice: I do; at least – at least I mean what I say — that’s the same thing, you know.”

I wonder if Professor Peter Singer recently read Alice in Wonderland and decided to base his philosophies on the combined wisdom of the March Hare, Mad Hatter and Doormouse. If not, it’s rather difficult to understand his piece in December 17th’s New York Times Magazine. I disagreed with his premises and conclusions from start to finish, but more intriguing to me was his avoidance of the fact that he disagrees with himself as well.

Prof. Singer, professor of bioethics at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University states, “…most of us would agree that the value of a human life would be in the millions.” Excuse me? This from a man who has previously advocated that handicapped newborns should be killed and that the same should be true for the elderly who are no longer contributing members of society?

All of a sudden he’s filled with the milk of human kindness and charity to all. Not with his own money, mind you. Instead, he suggests that others – like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates – are obligated to end world poverty using their own funds.

The entire piece is a sanctimonious, self-righteous paean. This in the end might indeed bring it into line with the professor’s previous declarations. Because, in the past, while he was proposing that ethics necessitated shortening the lives of the elderly, he excluded his own mother from his conclusions. Now, as before, Prof. Singer has written a piece that demands no changes in his own life while making the case for overturning the lives of others. And if that is the basis for his philosophy of life, then he is indeed consistent.

1 thought on “Peter Singer’s Upside Down World”

  1. Iagree with your latest article about Christian right vs Islam.

    First of all, sometimes the Christian right is too crtical of other faiths. Pat Robertson has done more of his share to paint Christians as wacko as a result of
    his outrageous statements. He needs to get off the air.

    However, in light of all that,
    the Islamists don’t merely want the freedom to worhsip in our country, they want the U.S. to become Islamist. We aren’t interested!!!

    Think of this – there are four vitures we NEVER hear for the Islamists: Love, FORGIVENESS, MERCY AND COMPASSION.

    These four vitures don’t exist in the Islamist faith, but they are inherent to the Christian faith.

    Islamists are more into hate of other and resent us tremendously, yet they are here to make money while hating the capitalist system.

    They are more into violence, and they are not at all respectful nor tolerant of other faiths. Yet we are expected to be respectful of their faith!!

    They are the most militant
    hateful campaigners.

    Think about these things!

    IF you don’tlike the US, get the hell out.

    Fremont, CA

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