How far would you go to help someone you knew nothing about?
Would you step in front of a bully for a stranger? Would you jump in front of a bullet? Would you completely ignore someone who needed help?
The other day I saw a video of a man beating up a woman in McDonald's. They had a small argument when she cut in front of him, and he started punching her and kicking her. Behind him in line, were full grown men. Behind the counter was another full grown man. These men did nothing to intervene. They simply stood and watched as she was punched and kicked, and the man left the store.
After he left, they called the police and I'm assuming they went to see if the woman was ok.
This woman could have been gentle, sweet, and kind. She could have been a psychotic person who tortured animals and did horrible things. This man could have been a martial arts expert, and he could have had a weapon. Do any of these things change your moral obligation to help someone who needs it? Would you help someone you didn't know even if it meant you could be harmed or killed? Does your obligation to help limit you to a phone call to 9/11 afterwards, or physically stopping the man from harming her?