FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #93

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you knew that everyone in the industrialized world would match your contribution to a massive program to improve conditions in underdeveloped lands, what fraction of your assets and future income would you pledge irrevocably to such a cause?

This question is tough too, though in a different way.

My first thought was that a tithe (one tenth) would be reasonable.

Then I realized that not everyone in the industrialized world could afford a tithe.

Though (by U.S. standards) I live below the poverty line, I might be able to spare a tithe for such a cause.  But there are many American citizens who could not.

Contrary to the myth perpetuated by the mass media, not everyone in the United States–or in any other industrialized nation–is rich.

There is still severe poverty in the industrialized world.

So, with that in mind:

If I knew that everyone in the industrialized world would match my contribution to a massive program to improve conditions in underdeveloped lands, I would pledge one hundredth (one percent) of my assets and future income irrevocably to such a cause.

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