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Smart decisions are not always the Right one
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i only make da decision dat i think is right, da one dat will benefit me da most, or da one with da least loss
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Smart choice! Consider this... Let's say you saved your family member... How would that family member feel for the REST of their life, knowing that just because they were saved, an ENTIRE country was under horrible rule?

Also, how do you justify saving 1 person's life in exchange for the possible destruction of hundreds or thousands?

You'd be setting up you and your family member for a bad/hard life. Even though you were letting a family member die, you'd have the solace and knowledge that they didn't die in vain.


its easy for people to say that they would sacrfice a family member for the greater good. but when it comes down to it and u were really in that situation would u be able to let go of this family member? its hard to say what you would do in these situations.


You're right. I can't be 100% what I'd do in the situation. Especially if it was a family member like my niece who is only 17 months old and that I love to death, but overall I'm generally a more logical and rational person. So it's possible I'd choose what I said. I mean I'm not saying I'd be able to sacrifice them easily. There'd be crying and hysterics and depression, and whole variety of other nasty hurting things, but I do think that the sacrifice is the better choice.
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Do0mAid wrote:

Smart choice! Consider this... Let's say you saved your family member... How would that family member feel for the REST of their life, knowing that just because they were saved, an ENTIRE country was under horrible rule?

Also, how do you justify saving 1 person's life in exchange for the possible destruction of hundreds or thousands?

You'd be setting up you and your family member for a bad/hard life. Even though you were letting a family member die, you'd have the solace and knowledge that they didn't die in vain.


Ahh you brought up a good situation, but for me I stand by my decision just for the simple fact that appreciation is so contemporary. I don't think most people would give second notice to a relative of mine who sacrificed his/her life to save theirs. In a way it would hurt me because I lost someone important to me who would just be disregarded by the rest of the population. Would those people risk their family to save anybody else for that matter?
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Always the smart choice.Ignore the preachers and the holy men whom tell you to follow your heart,because most of the time their talking out of their assess.

Let me give an example.

During the mid 19th century an Englishman named Manning Thatcher decided to bring rabbits to Australia,hoping to encourage the sport of hunting in the Outback while at the same time making a considerable profit.He tried three times to transport the rabbits to the continent,but they all tended to die during the voyage,it wasn't until the third try that he managed to find out the cause of their illness and transport all of the rabbits safe and sound.

When he got there,he found that no one wanted to buy the rabbits.So he went door to door trying to give away the rabbits for free,but to no avail.The rabbits had put him in heavy debt and become more of a burden than a blessing,as they began multiplying by the day.At this point Mr.Thatcher was all too eager to rid of the rabbits,and instead of killing them,he did the compassionate and morally conduitive thing,he let them go.It was this single act of compassion,that would devastate the natural vegetation and agricultural industry of Australia.As the rabbits which he had brought from Europe,had no natural predators in Australia,thus they were free to multiply,destroying the livelihood of farmers and natural habitats,leading the extinction or major decline of many native animals such as the Western Quoll.

To this day in Australia,the European rabbit is considered a pest and causes millions of dollars of damage to crops,annually.
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notabigdeal wrote:


Do0mAid wrote:

Smart choice! Consider this... Let's say you saved your family member... How would that family member feel for the REST of their life, knowing that just because they were saved, an ENTIRE country was under horrible rule?

Also, how do you justify saving 1 person's life in exchange for the possible destruction of hundreds or thousands?

You'd be setting up you and your family member for a bad/hard life. Even though you were letting a family member die, you'd have the solace and knowledge that they didn't die in vain.


Ahh you brought up a good situation, but for me I stand by my decision just for the simple fact that appreciation is so contemporary. I don't think most people would give second notice to a relative of mine who sacrificed his/her life to save theirs. In a way it would hurt me because I lost someone important to me who would just be disregarded by the rest of the population. Would those people risk their family to save anybody else for that matter?

So just because the rest of the population won't necessarily appreciate the sacrifice, you'd let them suffer? Along with bringing your family member/yourself into potentially horrible living conditions? It just doesn't make sense to me. Also, I think there would be lots of appreciation. Not just being on the news, but assuming the event was big enough (and from my view point, the taking over of the US by someone would be a HUGE deal) it would be put in history books, about all that happened. I only point out that it'd be a huge deal in the US, because in less peaceful areas of the world, it might not be as uncommon eh?
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hmmm...there are circumstances that just plain suck!
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Do0mAid wrote:




So just because the rest of the population won't necessarily appreciate the sacrifice, you'd let them suffer? Along with bringing your family member/yourself into potentially horrible living conditions? It just doesn't make sense to me. Also, I think there would be lots of appreciation. Not just being on the news, but assuming the event was big enough (and from my view point, the taking over of the US by someone would be a HUGE deal) it would be put in history books, about all that happened. I only point out that it'd be a huge deal in the US, because in less peaceful areas of the world, it might not be as uncommon eh?


Not necessarily the appreciation, but more about the idea of "If I did that for them, would they do that for me?", returning the favor etc., you know? I don't mean to sound selfish by that, but it wouldn't be right if they; would they do the same if they were in my shoes? What if the same situation occurs twice and the someone else family is put under the same circumstances. Would the make the moral decision or the smart one? It may sound stupid and unlikely, but it doesn't blow out the context of returning a favor and showing appreciation. But thats just my thought, I don't claim anybody elses wrong.

Why would my family be set under horrible living conditions? I was under the pretense that only my family and the and the guy knew about the situation and no one else did. So if he/she died, nobody would've known either. If the authorities knew about it, I don't think i would be given any choices, seeing as they would've probably taken the situation into their own hands
Posted 1/14/08
another scenario is when you know you cant win a fight, but the you rather fight to have your pride and dignity, even though u know u are going to lose
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Own experience:
choosing the course in college..
Pharmacy (w/c i can earn more money + i obey my parents)
Fine Arts(i like the most + disobey my parents)..
..choosing pharmacy is a smart decision but sometimes i feel its bad decision for me
and always makes me think the "what if"
..but right now i think i'm in the right place at the right time..

. i guess in making decision don't ever make regrets so that you won't feel that its a bad decision..
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Some fictional character in the famous TV series "House" said this notion, "There are NO right decisions." Which, I believe, is quite striking and reasonable. What do you think?
Posted 9/19/08
is this like a "listen to your heart or head" question?
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psssh that won't happen but it is possible that you have to save one hostage who is your family member, but if you do that the PANDA who is taking the hostage will have the information needed to take over the country and thats because pandas are all powerful and have a high success rate of taking over the world and in that case I would let the panda rule because pandas are awesome =D
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yeah, it really is....
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Taking your example - it would depend on what the person does after the takeover. If him taking over the country will result in the deaths of many more people, then I think it would be better to save the others than the person he's taken hostage because I think it's better than one dies than if many people die.
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