Imagine if there were ten strangers that had to be rescued? Or one million? Can you help a hungry child standing directly in front of you? How about 3 million residing on the opposite side of earth? Where would you draw this line? These are a few of the questions posed by writer Larissa MacFarquhar within her own 2015 publication’Strangers Drowning: Voyages into the Brink of Moral Extremity’ where she profiles the authentic tales of intense”do-gooders” or people who devote their lives to assist strangers instead of people they’re near via a feeling of duty. Included in these are a few who embrace 20 kids, a creator of a leper colony, a radical vegetarian activist, a nurse who put up a women’s gym at a warzone and many others that dwell on the bare minimum so they can contribute the huge majority of their wages to charity.

If you had to choose between saving two people you didn’t know or one of your close relatives from drowning, what would you do? What if there were ten strangers who needed to be rescued? Or one thousand? Would you help a starving child standing right in front of you? How about three million living on the other side of the world? Where do you draw the line? These are some of the questions posed by journalist Larissa MacFarquhar in her 2015 book ‘Strangers Drowning: Voyages to the Brink of Moral Extremity’ in which she profiles the true stories of extreme “do-gooders” or those who devote their lives to help strangers rather than people they are close to through a sense of duty. These include a couple who adopt 20 children, a founder of a leper colony, a radical vegan activist, a nurse who set up a women’s health clinic in a warzone and others who live on the bare minimum so that they can donate the vast majority of their salary to charity.

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