“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
It wasn’t a philosopher who can be credited to saying the above. No, it was first spoken by Leonard Nimoy’s character Spock in the science fiction movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. However, philosopher Jeremy Bentham had a similar quote: “It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong.”
Which leads to the question facing us today, should state government easing social distancing restrictions and get everyone back to work? And if so, are we prepared to deal with a possible “second wave” that could potentially kill many more people? Will their death be an acceptable cost so that the needs of the many are met?
We all know the economy is failing, unemployment is exploding through the roof, and people are overly anxious about getting things back on track; but, what is the acceptable solution? Are we prepared to deal it? Will our healthcare system, which is already at a breaking point, withstand the ultimate test?
The Darwinian Theory would suggest only the strong should survive for the betterment of the species. Therefore, based on this logic, the death of, let’s say, 4% of the population is acceptable? What if the number is higher, say perhaps, 10%? Would that be acceptable?
It seems to me, President Trump and many others would say yes, if this is the answer to fixing the economy. But then the moral question needs to be addressed: Is it the right move? Are we truly ready to accept the death of others so we can “get back to normal?” Will we ever get back to normal?
The political fallout could be devastating if the “second wave” of the pandemic hit us, like some are suggesting.