The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter SingerUsing ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving, philosopher Peter Singer shows that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.
Singer contends that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nations foreign aid is really directed to the worlds poorest people).
In The Life You Can Save, Singer makes the irrefutable argument that giving will make a huge difference in the lives of others without diminishing the quality of our own. This book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair.
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The story evoked critical praise upon its publication in the Kenyon Review in the spring of She began writing and publishing short fiction in earnest when she entered the graduate writing program at Iowa State University, which she completed in She received numerous awards, grants, and citations for her work. She spent her final years being cared for by her mother and hired helpers, who likely resembled many of the impoverished characters that appear regularly in her fiction. She finally succumbed to lupus in August at age An old woman and her daughter sit quietly on their porch at sunset when Tom Shiftlet comes walking up the road to their farm.
Genre: Short Story. A one-armed tramp, appropriately named "Mr. Shiftlet," walks up to a run-down farm where an old woman and her retarded daughter, Lucynell, are sitting on the front porch. Lucynell cannot talk. Shiftlet persuades the old woman to hire him for work around the farm and for repairing a car.
This story may well be one of O'Connor's most humorous stories. Even though the story as it now stands appears to focus on the attempts of two equally unscrupulous characters to gain an advantage over the other, O'Connor, through the use of color imagery and somewhat obvious symbolism, manages to make the story more than merely a humorous tale. Yet it is the humor, ultimately, which first catches the attention of most readers. Some of O'Connor's humor is similar, at least in part, to the tradition of such Old Southwest humorists as Johnson J. Hooper and George W.
Part I: Meeting
An elderly woman and her daughter sit quietly on their porch at sunset when Mr. Shiftlet comes walking up the road to their farm. Through carefully selected details, O'Connor reveals that the girl is deaf and mute, that the old woman views Shiftlet as 'a tramp,' and that Shiftlet himself wears a "left coat sleeve that was folded up to show there was only half an arm in it. Crater offers him shelter in exchange for work but warns, "I can't pay. Sensing not only a handyman but a suitor for her daughter, Mrs.