Should we as a society reward irresponsibly risky behavior?
The following is a quote from the economist, Thomas Sowell: "We now have a bipartisan tradition of the government stepping in to rescue people who engaged in risky behavior—whether by locating in the known paths of hurricanes in Florida or in areas repeatedly hit by wildfires over the years in California or by doing things that increase the probability of catching AIDS. Why not also rescue people who gambled away their life’s savings in Las Vegas? That would at least be consistent. Apparently the only people who are supposed to be responsible are the taxpayers—and they are increasingly made responsible for other people’s irresponsibility.” —Thomas Sowell
How should we balance compassion for those affected by events without encouraging abuse of that compassion?