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Unformatted text preview: of Tennessee, Nashville, World Hunger and Moral Obligation, Ed. William Aiken and Hugh La Follette, 1977, p. 43-4 Returning to the case of the drowning child, the same point may be made. Suppose it is an important part of a persons way of life that he not interfere. Perhaps the passer-by believes God's will is being manifested in this particular incident arid strongly values noninterference with God's working out of His plan. Surely, this is especially relevant to the question of whether the person is obligated to intervene, even when the greatest good would be promoted by intervention. When saying that a person is obligated to act in some way, the significance to the person of the act must not only be considered along with all the other features of the act, but is also of special moral significance in determining that person's duty. More, however, needs to be said here.Suppose, for instance, that the case were like this: A passer-by sees a child drowning but fails to help, not for the sake of another important goal but rather out of lack of interest. Such situations are not at all uncommon, as when people fail to report violent crimes they observe in progress. I assume that anyone who fails to act in such circumstances is acting wrongly. (1NC) Failure to intervene is morally untenable. Elvin Hatch, Culture and Morality, 1983, p. 95
In mentioning the possibility of intervention in other cultures I do not mean to invoke the nineteenth-century notion that primitives need the guidance of a superior civilization. The image I have in mind rather is that of the passer-by who happens upon a crime of violence and stops to help the victim. It is true that the possibility always exists that something may go wrong--I may make mistake victim for villain, for instance. But if we hear screams in a dark alley, how can we walk way and say it is none of our business? And should we stop to help, we do not signify that we believe we are superior to either the wrong-doer or the sufferer. _____Turn: Non-cooperation With Evil Is A Moral Obligation. We Recognize The Real Meaning Of "Love." MLK Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet Of conscience, 1967 p 73-5.
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