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Rhetorical questions, some easy, some particularly difficult, are all worth pondering:

If your house near the sea has a nice view, should the person who bought the land near the shore build a house on it?

If your restaurant needs to empty dirty oil from a deep fryer, is it okay to dump it on the curb, perhaps causing a bicyclist to slip and cause an accident?

If your car painting facility exhausts small drops of red paint during a job and the paint runs off and lands on a nearby white car, are you liable?

Is it okay to make money by selling building toys made from small strong magnets? What happens when children are shot and have internal injuries?

Is it legal to poison the river in any factory?

If you deep fry your holiday turkey, is it OK to pour the used oil down the drain? Or throw it in the river?

Can the architect of a skyscraper specify mirrored glass, even if the glare on surrounding buildings bothers people?

What about building a huge skyscraper that casts shadows all day in the park next door?

And… is it okay to take a private jet to Scotland, even if the exhaust from that jet hurts countless people who didn’t choose it? Does it take long to feel the effects?

There is no easy answer. But we have to ask questions.

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