Imagine a man. Let’s call him a doctor. He graduated at the top of his classes. He has degrees in medicine, nutrition, psychology, and is instructed in all the other things that he would need to help make a person healthy. He is in possession of all his faculties and has no inhibitions or handicaps that would interfere with the execution of these activities. He is not restrained in any way. Indeed, he is the picture of health and freedom.
Now imagine this man has at his disposal clean, cool water, all the food and nutritional supplements anyone could ever need, and medical supplies to stock a metropolitan hospital. Suppose this man has a staff of qualified, dedicated professionals at his beck and all the equipment anyone could ever need to save any number of lives from any number of afflictions.
Imagine that this man sits in a chair.
Now imagine a child about ten feet from this man’s chair. The child suffers the ravages of starvation, dehydration, and neglect. His belly protrudes. His legs and arms are nearly just bone. The child cries softly because he can’t cry any other way. His whole existence is misery. His whole life is made of pain. He cannot even move effectively.
The man is fully aware of this child and his afflictions. He knows exactly how to help this child and exactly what to do to bring this child to full health. He even knows how to let the child die, if needed, without pain or suffering. The man hears the cries of the child and knows of the pain the child suffers.
The man does nothing.
What kind of man is this?