-Basic human decency is what should govern David Cash’s actions. In the minutes that Cash was peering over the bathroom stall, and witnessing Sherrice Iverson in obvious distress, as she tried to scream and escape Jeremy Strohmeyer he could have acted. Instead he decided to walk way. Cash let his indifference and lack of compassion guide him into leaving seven year old Sherrice to be brutally raped and murdered. He could have called the police, casino security, or even restrained Strohmeyer but he chose none of these options and opted to do nothing.
- Now and days of someone witnesses another person committing a crime, in most cases they are legally responsible for reporting it. If a person witnesses a wrongdoing they are morally obligated to tell someone or do something. We live in a country were the environment is such a do your own thing, don’t be concerned with other people’s problems. This mentality if I didn’t commit the crime or I didn’t do it so I’m not responsible is toxic. A person is morally responsible because they have the ability to prevent crime and/or de-escalate the situation before it gets worse.
-Two people could commit different crimes. One person could steal candy and the other could kill three people. If both were to receive the death penalty it would not be fair because the nature of the crimes are not in the same level. In David’s case the justice system did not see it fit to charge him in any way for witnessing a heinous act and not reporting it.
- I think every witness should take into account Kant’s second categorical imperative. Which is if you were to do something apply it as if it were a universal law that everyone would have to follow. So for the lady who decided to take out her phone and snap a picture of the house burning down. In that situation everyone would do that. Which creates a very big problem because nobody would be acting. Apply the same ideology to the boy on bus number 36 who was assaulted by a man and not helped. The finally apply it to David Cash. If it were a universal law and everyone would have to do what David Cash did we would be living in a world where people watch others suffer without a care in the world.
- As human beings we always have an obligation to act. The biggest difference between humans and animals beside the fact that we have the ability to speak is our ability to choose between right and wrong. Animals live on instinct, they rarely if ever, think about their actions. However, we have a conscious which is our moral compass and David Cash decided not to use his. In that moment there was a dichotomy, two David’s. One which he could have saved Sherrice Iverson‘ life and the other in which he walked away and let her die. Unfortunately, he decided to pick the decision that cost a seven year old girl her life.