Every day some 20


Every day some 20,000 children die prematurely from poverty related causes, mostly treatable diseases.” My personal opinion on this statement is most closely described by:
A. Who cares?
B. It’s hard to say it, but given the rising human population, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise for the human species as a whole.
C. It’s hard to say it, but this just means less people competing with me for scarce opportunities and resources.
D. This is morally wrong, but practically, I think that it would cost too much money to solve.
E. It is morally unacceptable for a single child to die of a preventable disease and we should collectively fix this irrespective of the cost.
Definition of Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism, at its most basic, states that something is moral, or good when it produces the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. It’s a theory of normative ethics that asks whether a specific action is good or bad, moral or immoral.
What is most likely utilitarian option?
Chosen option B It’s hard to say it, but given the rising human population, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise for the human species as a whole.
And why do you say this?
We only have a limited amount of resources on earth and if we were to save each individual the population would only increase and soon we would be running out of water, food and other basic resources. According to Our World in Data (https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth) we were less than 1 billion people on earth 200 years ago however the world’s population has experienced continuous growth and is estimated at 7.4 billion and due to that the global population expansion and accompanying increase in resource consumption threatens the world’s environment, as well as straining humanity’s ability to feed itself and many environmental problems, such as rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, global warming, and pollution, which are aggravated by the population expansion. So imagine if 20 000 children were saved on a daily basis within a week will have more than 100 000 children and will be over populated already our country has high rate of youth unemployment where you find children engaging in negative things such as drugs; crime and unplanned pregnancies.
What do you feel about this option?
I feel like it moral wrong for children to suffer for their parents choices as the are ways to prevent pregnancies in clinic such as contraceptive and condoms however we still have woman that do not want to take precautions due to their religion or culture and in the long run the people that suffer the most are the children especially in poor families where the elder child always has to sacrifice a lot including education to get a job and not finish school so that he/she can look after his/her siblings.
What option did you chose?
I chose option E It is morally unacceptable for a single child to die of a preventable disease and we should collectively fix this irrespective of the cost”.
What do you think your option is the correct one?
A child’s death is emotionally and physically hard on the parent’s child whether you planned for the baby or not and no parent has to go through that. Gone are those days when we used to leave in a world where we practice Ubuntu when your child’s neighbor was your child but lately people just mind their own business and careless what’s happening around them and how can we make changes if we tend to ignore things that are happening around our streets or communities. Our children are the future of tomorrow and I believe that charity begins at home even Rome wasn’t built in one day but if we can be perspective and help a child in need and do something together maybe we can see changes and save those innocent life’s.