I’m assuming it for the sake of the piece. I do think that the price of a child’s life is rising faster than my investments appreciate, and probably thought they were doubling every 4 to 5 years when I wrote this. (I wrote $2000 back when I posted this to Facebook, I wonder what Givewell’s estimates are.)
(To clarify further, this was a post to my Facebook creative writing group in 2015 as was the “Responsibility” poetry I posted.)
I think it’s awesome, but Harrison should get more credit for pointing out the “patient philanthropy” critique. I’d like to see what you could get if you wrote a short story about it.