I would like to get a better understanding of the juxtaposition of wealth and poverty. By wealth I mean the situation where one has resources as opposed to one that does not.
Consider the following situations:
A1. A man sits at a table filled with food
A2. A man sits at a table filled with food while next to him is a human starving next to him. The human next to him is weak and on crutches (to signify how poverty can be limiting in range and mobility)
B1. A man sitting in the park has a bucket of water
B2. A man sitting in the park has a bucket of water while there is a human next to him who is on fire
C1. There is a group with access to large amounts of water and food
C2. There is a group with access to large amounts of water and food while there is a human on fire and a human starving next to them
I would gather that if you asked people if the situation listed in the first list item was in any way right or wrong then they would say there is nothing wrong with a person eating or drinking.
But if you asked people about the second list item they would say that is something wrong.
- Is there a name for this situation? Is it negligence, indifference?
- What if, deity forbid, in the second list item the human was an infant?
- And is there laws around this?
- Would anything change if the individuals that have resources have access to a vast abundance of resources?
FYI I've list four interrelated questions but answers to any of them would prove helpful.
I wrote "what is the ethic response" but I meant to write "what is the ethical / unethical" response. Once I know this I want to know basically, if there is a discussion around if it is wrong to let someone die who you have the power to help. I know there are some legally obligations to help or not help (good samaritan law) but I still don't know the names or concepts that already exist around this scenario. Or the argument I was only doing my job the Nazis used during WWII. So far the argument is legal right and wrong but specieial (species related) right or wrong.