A non Posted 10 months ago Peter Singer: The why and how of effective altruism There is an argument of physical assistance vs financial assistance in the example used. But unless charities want to start shipping over starving children, then I think it's realistic to say we'll most likely only have that opportunity to save a child's life, via donations to a charity that is physically present on our behalf. If you took the child out of sight, then handed someone a piece of paper that said "there is a child dying, who can be saved if you just give x amount of money", and the person throws away the piece of paper - is that any different from ignoring the child? The physical presence of the child makes ignoring her suffering instantly noticeable, however changing her location doesn't alter the fact that you can still save a child who is suffering. If anything financial assistance requires so much less from us, but with the same benefits and conclusions.