“Suppose that a freak Atlantic storm pummels the city of Boston, leaving it flooded for days and cut off from services by land and air — trucks cannot reach it and planes cannot land. But a Canadian transport ship happens to be passing by, loaded with fruits and bottled water, en route from Florida to its home port in Halifax.
What should the ship do?
(a) It should divert from its course and deliver emergency supplies to Boston.
(b) It should do nothing and continue its original trajectory.
The correct answer is: (b) Nothing. …”
Related: My primer on Political Ethics for a Democratic Republic.