The lack of physical opportunities to provide assistance for many people is not an excuse. Scientists from the University of Waterloo believes that often our demands for others too high.
The researchers conducted a series of 8 experiments. Volunteers were divided into groups and asked them to read stories in which the main characters were different obstacles and situations. Next, the subjects were asked about the moral duty of the protagonist. We found out that many people demanded from the environment of the hero is impossible.
In one of the stories the rescuer could help only one of two drowning person. A separate group of volunteers insisted that the lifeguard had to save two at once. Others accused agent with depression, who because of illness could not drive a car. Depression, according to the majority, is not a disease.