Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Stay at your own Risk
Monday night in my ethics class we discussed Hurricane what's love got to do with it,Ike. The question that was the topic of discussion was, Whose responsibility is it to help people that refused to evacuate when they had the chance to?
Well, my take on this is, you are on your own.
Let's just say I know a person is going to get robbed and maybe killed in the near future.I go to the person and tell them that they need to get the hell out of Dodge until the threat passes. I offer them transportation to leave, I offer them money for a hotel, I even offer to give them money for food for the entire time they need to stay away. I also tell them that if they choose to stay, I cannot guarantee their safety. I repeat this message everyday up to the day that the deed is going to happen. Everyday the person tells me that they ain't leaving. Everyday I tell them that the threat is real and I am willing to offer whatever assistance I can to keep them and their family safe. They tell me they are going to take their chances.
Well the day comes, and sure enough the big bad robber shows up, destroys the house and the person and their family are forced to hide in the basement or attic until the robbers figure there is nothing else of value there.
I then get a call demanding that I come and save them. The person is irate. They tell me that their children have been traumatized and it is my duty to come and help them.
I calmly tell them that I offered help before and they refused. I tell them they are low on my priority list because I have to get to the people that could not heed my warning. I.E.The elderly, and the physically impaired. I tell them that their house is not the only one that got robbed. I tell them to survive the best way they can and I will get to them when I get to them.
The next day this family is interviewed by all the major cable "news" outlets. They give a tour of their destroyed house and say that I am not doing enough to help them. They cry about how they have lost everything and how they were almost killed.
So who is responsible?
What would you do?
Is it ethically right to help someone that refused to help themselves when they had the chance?