Courtesy of Durnett, last week’s Comment o’ the Week winner:
I went to high school with a genius. I donâ€™t mean that he was the
smartest guy in the class. He was a real genius. He could take small
indications from different fields and see the obvious conclusion that
eluded the rest of us. He was the one that the teachers believed would
advance mankind in a great leap forward. He was the Einstein of our
This was high school. He was smart and not very athletic. He was not
treated well. Looking ahead to adulthood, he saw that he would never
be treated as well as a movie star or a basketball player. He decided
that, if society did not value him, he would not provide value. After
graduation, he taught himself to play guitar, delivered pizza, and
became a darned good gamer.
Query: If a person has the ability to help mankind, is she/he
ethically bound to use that ability? Does the answer change if the
person has invented something – a cure for cancer or a solution to
global warming – and decides not to make it available?