Paludal Dilemma – Real World Ethics

By veggiewolf I was listening to an episode of the Radiolab podcast this week called “For the Birds”, and was struck by the story they told. In short (from their website):
“…When the conservationists showed up at Clarice Gibbs’ door and asked her to take down her bird feeders down for the sake of an endangered bird, she said no. Everybody just figured she was a crazy bird lady. But writer Jon Mooallem went to see her and discovered there was much more to this story…”
The more to this story? Mrs. Gibbs’ husband had severe Alzheimer’s Disease and the only time he was present was when birds were in the yard and at the feeders. In the midst of her turmoil, Mrs. Gibbs found moments when she could almost forget everything she was going through – moments when her husband came back to her.
I recommend listening to the episode in full before pondering the questions I’m about to ask:

Where is the point at which the needs of many outweigh the needs of an individual?
Does that change when one side is human and one side isn’t?

There are a number of ways that I can look at this particular story, and …read more

Source: Fluid Morality