Shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater, when there is no fire, is considered immoral—even illegal. But what about the failure to shout “Fire!” if the theater actually is on fire? In today’s topsy-turvy world of alternative values, that’s a worthy question.
The news is bleak. By mid-September, wildfires raged in 15 states, taking homes, lives, livelihoods and infrastructure. ... All the while we are living through the worst worldwide pandemic in over 100 years, coronavirus. Deforestation and mass extinction leave us much more vulnerable to epidemics like this.