Tuesday, January 11, 2005

More questions

I heard Tim Costello (a person I greatly admire; now with World Vision) talking on ABC Radio at the cricket say that he thinks Australians have responded so generously to the earthquake/tsunami appeals because it is "morally clearer" to give to this cause: there are no human agents to blame, unlike in the trouble-plagued regions in Africa. He wasn't saying this is what he thinks, I hasten to add, only what he guesses the rest of us are thinking.

Is this true? We help people only if it's "morally clear"? Living in some poverty-stricken country under a corrupt government is morally unclear? It's due to the faults of the people living and suffering there? Is that what we're thinking?