Instituto Fernand Braudel de Economia Mundial - Associado à FAAP

Ed. 05: The Fable of the Bees

Private Vices, Public Benefits?

Author: Eduardo Gianetti da Fonseca | Published in 1994

A fábula das abelhas

Ethics deals with human choice. We are shocked by an earthquake that annihilates a community or by the leukemia that takes a young life. However, neither of these leads us to moral condemnation. They are natural disasters, determined by causes inherent to the physical world that are alien to human choice or will. We can avoid building cities in areas of seismic risk and we can seek a cure for leukemia. We can resign ourselves to natural disasters or we can pray. But it would be absurd to think that events like these could have been otherwise.


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