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Moral Dilemmas

Discussion in 'Alley of Dangerous Angles' started by Barmy Army, Jul 5, 2012.

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Q1) Do you divert the train? Q2) Do you call the police? Q3) Do you keep your promise?

  1. Q1) Yes

    82.6%
  2. Q1) No

    17.4%
  3. Q2) Yes

    69.6%
  4. Q2) No

    26.1%
  5. Q3) Yes

    78.3%
  6. Q3) No

    17.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Gaear

    Gaear ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful

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    In most places, there is no real value distinction made when it comes to human life. If you murder a 1 day old baby or a 99 year old drunken man with one day left to live, you've still committed murder, punishable by the same penalties.

    There are also some strange value assumptions creeping into the discussion here. e.g., who is anyone to decide that the drunken man's life is worth less than the baby's? Is it based on some abstract concept of what they each have to offer to society? If so, why is it anyone's duty to use their life to contribute to society, and why does not doing so make their lives less worthwhile? It may make their lives less worthwhile to society, but why is that a determining factor?

    At any rate, I think these are the very reasons why all life is considered equal by most states - judgments about value are generally made on very shaky, subjective ground, the like of which can allow me to conclude that, say, BTA's life is not worth as much because he didn't contribute to my PAC. :p
     
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    A completely valid discriminatory factor too! ;)
     
  3. Darion

    Darion Resident Dissident Veteran BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    To get back to the example of that little girl in China:

    It was actually explained in an article I read here, that most of the inaction form the onlookers and pedestrians was actually the fear of getting involved and somehow ending with part of the blame or a lawsuit.
    It supposedly happens often, that the helping party ended up being somehow responsible after his/her/their attempt to help failed or the victim (in this chase a car accident) died anyway.

    Dunno how true that all is. But makes one think.
     
  4. Vorona

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    I have held babies, but I still don't believe they are more valuable than drunk old men. Maybe they are evolutionary forces, but they don't seem to have reached me. Similarly, I seem to have no biological clock, despite being an almost-36-year-old woman. I am a teacher, though, for what it's worth.
     
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