The phrase ‘ meet their financial obligations’ has been in the news and it set me to a pondering.
Civil law suggests that there are pure and conditional obligations. “Every obligation whose performance does not depend upon a future or uncertain event, or upon a past event unknown to the parties, is demandable at once.” There are no conditions when the obligation will not be met. I have wrestled to find an example where the circumstances don’t impact the outcome; where unexpected events and uncertainty aren’t part of the reality. Does that mean that all obligations, including moral, are conditional? I am not ready to posit that thesis yet but am wondering about how we decide if there are absolute, pure obligations.
If a man borrows money from a bank to buy a home, isn’t the lender accepting some risk? If the man has tragedy upon tragedy heaped upon him…
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