This opinion piece from CNN is talking about the Ebola Crisis:
"It raises an interesting legal and moral question, one any fan of the
zombie genre has wondered about: If one of our citizens is living but
fatally infected, and will harm others if allowed to live out their
doomed life, does the state's broad authority include authority to
terminate the infected? At what point would we be comfortable with that?
In the zombie movies, it's a no-brainer: generally, as soon as the
group knows someone's infected, execution follows. And it's not always
humane. Don't think we're above that in the real world. If the life of
one threatens millions, does the state's police power authorize the
pre-emptive taking of that one life?"
un-useful extremist theorizing plays on fears and nightmares, but does
show an important underlying error that is not uncommon in Western
society. That is, that Ethics is only about maximizing. A modern
person, devoid of underlying transcendental philosophical foundations,
can only work with legal concepts such as personal rights and freedoms
when considering ethical dilemmas. So it becomes a matter for the
lawyers and the accountants to add up the particular points on one side
and the other and see who has more at the end: more lives, more
freedoms. At the same time, the modern person knows that this cannot
possibly be all there is. But fearing that this line of reasoning will
lead to something embarrassing such as a belief in God, she suppresses
So, modern thinker, listen up: you do not have to
limit your mind and heart in this way. Allow your reason to explore
this area. Is this an adequate way to look at the complexity of the
world, the value of life, the beauty of creation? Is the reason you
cannot answer this question evidence of a spiritual reality? In your
heart you know that there will be a reckoning one day. There must be a power, a source of ethics that is more than what the statisticians can calculate.
the mean time, do not let fear and anxiety lead your heart and mind.
The Ebola crisis can be fought and is being fought by brave men and
women, primarily African, on the ground in West Africa. If you want to
help, send some money to one of the NGO's. Or volunteer yourself if you
are in the medical field or logistics. But don't just get attention
for yourself by useless articles promoting more fear.