|Xinhui Gangzhou Dadao Crossway. Don't breathe deeply.|
Is this ethical to pay for an employee to work in an environment that would likely cause major health problems later in life? I mean the World Health Organization said that Beijing exceeded the daily maximum for air pollution by 15 times.
Should we pay people for the likelihood of lung cancer later in life?
The NFL is having these kinds of conversations due to the health problems of their retirees. Of course their injuries are more collision oriented rather than lung damage related. But the question is similar. What is an acceptable risk?
As I consider all the cheap stuff made in China that I've already purchased, I realize that I'm complicit in this which is really depressing. God clearly says in Leviticus 19:16 that you shall not profit against the blood of your neighbor. I guess we could argue that we aren't profiting as much if they are being paid more but that seems a little weak.
This is a complicated issue - hazard pay seems fair but what would be better for everyone would be for them to clean up their air. I guess my definition of "Love thy neighbor" includes for them not to die later in life of emphysema. But I also believe in freedom of choice so it's a tough one.
What would you wish for your children?
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