Our hands did not spill this blood, and our eyes did not see... (Deuteronomy 21:7)
The principle behind the law of Eglah Arufah
is that a person is also
responsible for what occurs outside of the area where
he is fully in control. When a murdered traveler is found out in the field, the
elders of the nearest city must go out there and bring the Eglah Arufah
to atone for the crime, although it occurred "outside of their
jurisdiction"; for it was nevertheless their responsibility to send the
traveler off with adequate provision and protection.
The same applies on the personal level in all areas of life. A person never
has the right to say, "This is outside of my element. I have no obligation
to deal with this." If it is something that, by Divine Providence, one has
been made aware of, that means that there is something one can do to
positively influence the end result.
(The Lubavitcher Rebbe)