Today, the word ‘flee’ connotes a moral weakness for many, perhaps even cowardice for some. However, that is not entirely accurate. Fleeing may be a morally decent response to a dangerous situation. As the American philosopher Todd May wrote in his insightful book A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us (2019): “Most of us seek to live a morally decent life. We are not moral monsters, but neither do we strive to be moral saints. [There are] avenues of moral improvement that do not require us … to sacrifice our deepest commitments and projects ….[Why? That which] … makes life meaningful gives me permission to limit my aid to others.”
Conces, Rory J.
"Fleeing from War or Pandemic, and Returning Home,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 11, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol11/iss1/7