WHAT IS MORE MORAL?
Take this paradox:
You have the opportunity to help people a 100 people but time and finance are limited. In this paradox you could feed all the 100 people and feel that you've accomplished something good after you've exhausted your efforts doing so. However the drawback is that you'll do this only for a single day when they get to eat a meal, after that they will return to suffering and the whole shebang continues.
The second case is that out of those 100 people, you could chose 5 to "teach to fish", in other words invest installing life skills that prevent the whole shebang from ever happening in the long run. However in doing so you'd have to select the people to help, based on such "crude" (judgmental) aspects as intelligence and health; you'd need to judge them on those terms since the success rate is bounded by those terms. This is practically playing "god" with their lives choosing who should be aloud to live and die. Its a like a chaotic titanic scene except there are no rules to follow beyond what you say.
Option 1 will live all your efforts are in vain long term wise. All those people you help die eventually. On the plus side you would have done something just since you wouldn't have picked favorites. You see the most happy amount of faces whilst you do it.
Edits: I think most of you choose this option if you consider thinking about it since not that many people appear to have a long term interest in seeing how their efforts turn out
Whereas, Option 2 lives you with horrid memories of the 95 you chose to die. You kind of think you made mistakes in your choices but a burden will loom over you. On the bright side you would possibly get 5 people who survive till old age.
Edits: The other flaw about option 2 is that you don't how those you decide to save will turn out to be. This is if you pick people at random without any consideration for potential. So the question is:how will you know those to choose?(they aren't all the same)
What's your choice? I think none of these options are inherently pleasant, but it feels like there is still a lot more to this.