Question: Jeremy’s Problem
Imagine that Jeremy has an elderly relative, who is old and frail, but is in no pain, and may yet live for years. Because there is no-one else to care for her, and the family can’t afford to put her into a home, the responsibility of caring for her falls to Jeremy.
It feels like a full-time job, and leaves him no time for enjoying himself, contributing to society, seeing his friends, or, as he sees it, leading a normal life. In the end, he feel the self-sacrifice has become unbearable.
He seeks out a professional killer, who painlessly ends her life. Jeremy’s life is considerably happier, and he is able to do all sorts of socially useful things that he would have otherwise been unable to do. His crime is never found out.
Is what Jeremy did morally wrong?
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