The Right Coast

March 14, 2005
More on Peter Singer
By Tom Smith

This is interesting. Lest there be any doubt, I'm with the lady in the power wheelchair. Would it ever occur to you that it might be fun to zip around in a power wheelchair? Me neither. We don't know what it's like to live other people's lives, not anywhere near well enough to decide to kill them. One of the many problems I have with utilitarianism, outside of limited contexts where it does make sense, such as financial market regulation, is that we simply have no idea what is going on inside of the heads of others, well enough to make decisions for them, anyway.