The Australian philosopher Peter Singer believes that Americans should sign a check to charity of their income not used for necessities. Underlying Singer’s message of generosity is the stereotype of the typical America being wasteful, inconsiderate, and arrogant, which can be summed up with Singers comparison of Americans using ⅓ of their income on items non essential to the preservation of our lives and health to the Brazilian film “Central Station” character Dora having a new TV.
In spite of this I have to disagree with Singer solution about signing off our hard worked and earned paychecks to charity when nearly 75 percent of Americans say they are stressed to the max according to the American Psychological Association from study conducted in 2010. So as a stress release valve many Americans will by that new tv and recycle the old in Pursuit of Happiness to have comfort,solace, or goal rewarding, all while working an average of 25 hours coupled with less vacation time at under six weeks when compared to the french at 18 hours and 12 for vacationing from Stevens Lansburg an economics professor at the University of Rochester.
Furthermore insinuating his hypocrisy is far from the truth with quotes of “I accept that we are unlikely to see, in the near or even medium-term future, a world in which it is normal for wealthy Americans to give the bulk of their wealth to strangers.” and “United States Government is not going to meet even the very modest United Nations-recommended target of 0.7 of gross national product”. Yet we have we have American billionaires present,past and future like Bill Gates worth 56 Billion giving away 26 Billion to charity since 2007 which is reportedly 48% of Gates net worth, joining the likes of Andrew Carnegie who gave 90% of his wealth to philanthropic causes by his death in 1919, which would be $6.5 billion today if adjusted for inflation for today’s world, in the future founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has publicly pledged to give away half of his net worth in his lifetime through The Giving Pledge founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett among the 40 of American on the list. (Frugal Dad,Giving Pledge). Secondly responding to Singer second quote Frugal Dad infographic shows the U.S. giving two billion less than what Bill Gates has for foreign aid and even so the OECD who cited as an international organisation helping governments tackle the economic, social and governance challenges of a globalised economy in report that says the people of the U.S suprasses the amount volunteering,giving money, and helping strangers of promoting pro-social economic behavior of version 12/04/11.
In conclusion Singers ideas of Americans are wrong and a disapproved with reason of why Americans invest in other items beside their necessities for working a stressful nine to five job and his disbelief that Americans don’t give up their abundance of capital towards benefiting society and the people of the U.S. government help out others.