Comfort vs. Awareness

On coronavirus, compassion and recovery

Joanna Ngai
5 min readFeb 1, 2021

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There is a famous story of the pond from Peter Singer, a well-known (albeit controversial) philosopher.

It goes like this: imagine you are walking to a class past a pond where a child is drowning. Singer asks: do you have any obligation to rescue the child? Most people say they do. The importance of saving a child far outweighs the cost of ruining one’s clothes and missing class.

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