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11. Experential Impact

XI. In the Case of the Drowning Child in the Pond John directly "experiences" what he needs to do. But in the case of The Envelopehe has no direct experience of those whom he is saving.

Experiential impact often goes along with informative directness: In the case of the Drowning Child, both the needy child himself and the condition of her great need entered into John's own experience. But, that's not so in the Envelope. About this difference, common sense is clear: While the need may seem more pschologically compelling in the case of the Shallow Pond than with children you do not experience directly, there's no moral weight here. Or is there? (Adapted from Unger)

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