Scott Adams got a record number of comments today on his moral dilemma:
Letâ€™s say youâ€™re the butler to a billionaire who lives alone. The billionaire dies in his sleep. You know he owns a large piece of jewelry that no one else has seen, and you have access to it.
If you steal the piece of jewelry, sell it, and give the money to an African charity, you can feed an entire village for a year. The village would otherwise starve. If you donâ€™t steal the jewelry, it will go to his surviving family who has so much money they wonâ€™t care about it.
Obviously it is illegal to steal the jewelry and feed the starving village in Africa. But do you have a moral obligation to commit the crime for the greater good?
But they were all wrong.
I hope my commenters do better.