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  • Sure, someone should have a legal right to ride a motorcycle without a helmet but that poses an interesting dilemma. Some feel that society has a moral obligation to help those who cannot help themselves, such as with medical expenses. If an indegent mother cannot afford pre-natal care, the argument asserts that by society providing her with such care, we lower long-term costs by ensuring a more healthy baby.

    However, what about the motorcycle rider? Should society bear the costs of his voluntary activ

    • I recognize and agree with your point that there are occasionally complex issues. However, I have simple answers to some of the ones you raise. :)

      Some feel that society has a moral obligation to help those who cannot help themselves, such as with medical expenses.

      Those who feel that moral obligation should bear the burden of carrying it out, rather than legislating their morality onto anyone else. :)

      In our current state of affairs, the motorcycle rider who seriously injures himself and sits in a hospital for months without paying is driving everyone's medical bills up. Do we tell the doctors to just let him die?

      I would think that after what happened to Terri Schiavo, it would be easy to do so. I'm certainly more in favor of letting a person who left an end of life directive, or a person who engaged in a potentially lethal risk without proper precautions, die than I was to let Terri Schiavo die, who did not do either.

      Note that I'm pretty much a "it's nobody's damn business what I choose to do" sort of guy, but I do realize that my voluntary activities impact others

      And I'm in favor of restriction the moment a person's behavior impacts others without their consent. And I realize that occasionally gives us fuzzy lines: should a pregnant mother be forbidden to drink alcohol? I do not have the answer to that question.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • should a pregnant mother be forbidden to drink aclohol?"

        No, but that doesn't stop me from talking to her about how bad drinking (and smoking) is to her unborn child.

      • I'm fine with people not riding without helmets. I would impose two legal requirements:

        1) proof of health insurance
        2) be an organ donor

        I would say the same for those that feel the need to not use seat belts.

        Freedom to fuck your life up as much as you want is fine. Imposing a burden on society for your actions needs to be somehow amerliorated.

        If one wants to belong to a group for certain benefits then you need to go along with the group's rules.

        I suppose if a helmetless rider signs a document that he won't b