Sunday, November 04, 2018

Parents' auto accident causes severe filial problems for adult son ("The Ethicist" in the NYTimes)



Here’s a painful column by the Ethicist, Kwome Anthony Appiah, on p. 34 of the Sunday New York Times Magazine, “What do I owe my severely disabled parents?” 

The situation involves a major car accident overseas that leaves both parents severely disabled, and a sister deceased.  The accident appears not to be the parents’ fault.

The son is pressured by the grandfather to move back to another city even after the parents are finally medically evacuated home.  The son had lived overseas several months after the accident.
  
I was pressured to move for mother’s surgery in 1999 but did not, as, according to an arrangement, that would have resulted in job loss.