Effective altruism is not just a concept or a philosophy. It is a life to live; it takes not just empathy and compassion but also wisdom and intelligence. We help within our capacity. We help by strengthening our body, mind, and spirit to gain the resources necessary to create change. It sounds difficult to become an effective altruist with the life many of us are accustomed to, but maybe we could start by asking the same question that West has been asking.
Beyond the lives that we are living now, we have a role to play in the lives of our friends, family members, and strangers whom we may never meet. Unbeknownst to you, your small acts of kindness will make endless ripples that will go on to touch the lives of others. We may not be able to stop poverty in our lifetime, but we can empower children to give it their best in theirs.