While finishing The Undercover Economist this weekend, I read:
India... remains so poor that half a million citizens are disfigured by leprosy, a disease that can be cured for the price of a beer.*As a bastardly-minded person, this was inspirational.
If you want to be a bastard, you can go around buying beers for lepers instead of curing them. Better yet, tell them after they finish drinking, "You know, I could have cured you for the same cost as that beer. Hope you enjoyed it."
* This statistic appears to be outdated since the World Health Organization has made progress fighting the disease recently. In fact, they've been giving the drugs to afflicted countries for free.