UncleJim Posted February 12, 2008 Share Posted February 12, 2008 (edited) Back to the opening post for a moment.The issue seems to reduce to obligation vs. responsibility.Is it ones obligation to help another? No! Is it ones responsibility to help another? Again – no!What's the difference? Obligations are expectations placed on one by others. It is possible for another to say it is ones responsibility to help others. But that is not true. Why? Because responsibility has to do with what self is, not with what another is.To be a responsibly acting individual means to act in those ways as determined by what ones-self is. However; since both ones-self and the others-self are both of the same species then ones responsibilities are the same as the others. And visa versa.Under objectivism children have the exact same rights as adults. However; since children are limited as to what they are able to do; then, they must be taken care of until they become able to act for their own best interest.For that child in the OP to continue to live he must be taken care of simply because he is unable to take care of his-self. Is his care the responsibility of someone! OF COURSE IT IS!!!! Anyone who would deny that the responsibility for his care exists as a fact of his existence is not an objectivist. Who has the responsibility for his care? His creators! These are the people who are despicable in their actions; not the photographer or you or me.It's just to damned bad things like this happen. Can we help? Of course we can! Is helping our responsibility as objectivists? Hell no! Is helping others achieve a proper human existence contrary to the principles underlying objectivist morality? Of course not! That is an absurdity.Under objectivism - What ought a properly functioning human to do in such a situation? Whatever they choose to do! Their choice of action is their individual right.Under objectivism – no other person has a right to determine ones actions nor does one have a right to determine another's actions.As a matter of fact; it is the objectivist ethic (as explained by the concept of capitalism) which had any chance at all to help this kid and others like him. Edited February 12, 2008 by UncleJim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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