As promised, here are some proposed lines regarding the ethics quiz on the lottery-enriched brother and whether his financially-challenged sibling should ask for a cut—and had a right to expect one. (Part 1 of the “Further Thoughts” is here)
All of the following assume that the lottery-winner does not have a personal emergency or crisis of his own that would require him to spend all or most of the money.
1. The wealthy brother is ethically obligated to offer financial assistance, if he can afford it without excessive hardship, without being asked, if his brother or his brother’s family is facing a health crisis of other catastrophe.
This is true regardless of whether his new financial resources come from luck, planning, work or skill, and regardless of how much money he has. Offering a loan rather than a gift is still fair and ethical. Charging interest under these circumstances is not, unless the poor brother has a record of not paying back earlier loans.
Possible exceptions: Continue reading