Posted by Let's Get Real on May 02, 2020 at 11:34:56:
In Reply to: Re: The real problem for restarting sports in high schools posted by perspective on May 02, 2020 at 03:04:40:
: : : : Walt, do you think we should shut down the entire world economy for months if it were to save just one human life?
: : : That's a fine bit of reductio ad absurdum arguing you've got going there.
: : : Walt's Dog
: : Thanks. Feel free to answer the question.
: What exactly are you trying to prove with that question? World leaders make awful decisions that cost lives in nearly every crisis. If you're one person making the decision for a loved one, then it's worth it. That has no actual bearing on this situation.
: Some historians believe Truman dropped the A-bomb on Japan only to prevent Russia from being part of the negotiations for surrender, fearing Japan would be split in two as Germany was. This theory is supported by the Allied firebombing of Dresden, completely unnecessary to the advance on Berlin. The Allies chose to not aid the Red Army's offensive on the German capital with a more suitable target, even though it may have ended the war sooner and saved tend of thousands of Holocaust victims.
: Further supporting the theory is the Allied request for Russia to refrain from entering the Pacific War for three months after May 8th, which Stalin adhered to. The Cold War was underway before any treaties were signed.
You're getting off topic. Many of us are not at high risk to die from Coronavirus. There are plenty of ways to protect those who are at high risk without closing down our entire economy.
The question of how many lives we need to save in order to justify shutting down our entire economy is exactly what the issue is. You may not be comfortable with having it spelled out so coldly, but that is the issue at hand.
Do we all stop driving cars because someone was killed in an automobile accident? Or stop flying in airplanes because an airplane crashed? Do we forgo personal hygiene because someone slipped in the shower and died?
Life is about managing risk. We are all going to die eventually, it's just a matter of making smart decisions to preserve your life as long as you reasonably can. But what demands should one individual be able to make upon society as a whole in order to preserve their life? What about a small minority of people?
These are the questions that we should be answering. Should a parent who wants the best for their child - be that an education, or the opportunity to play sports - have to sacrifice all of that for the sake of saving a small handful of high risk people? Exactly what demands can the individual make of society?
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