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Posted 8/20/12
You know a train is heading for disaster. There are women and children and elderly on that train. You have the power to stop that train; however, you must do but one thing. Physically push a man in the path of the train and you will have saved those millions of lives. Because you know that the conductor will stop if he knows he hit something.

What will you do?
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Posted 8/20/12
One can easily end a man's life.....and save millions. One can let a single man live, and end millions. We think with our hearts before our brains, so logically, killing the man is the right decision. However, you'll have a guilty conscious and would probably go to jail for it. The most heroic thing you could possibly do is to jump in front of the train itself, which not many people would do, since, well, it is your own life that you are taking.
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Posted 8/20/12
I have to admit that, while I would probably be consumed by guilt, I'd probably let those people die. Not by choice, but by the fact that I think everything through so thoroughly that by the time I reached an end decision (which, for me, would likely be pushing the man in front) it would be too late.
Posted 8/21/12
Hmm, difficult to say, I mean I would like to save millions of lives, but I wouldn't want to kill someone either, hmm, I would probably push the man in front of the train, throws something at the train, or jump in front of the train and start running from it, but still getting the attention of the conductor. But since, the last to isn't a choice I would probably push the guy in front of the train then run away and hide till it blows over, that way he gets to be known as a hero.
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Posted 8/21/12


In this situation, that is not an option. Do not discuss nonexistent third options that are not listed in the situations. I would like to put that option, but it would take away the whole purpose, as most people would just kill themselves automatically in response to millions at risk. Please review the rules before posting.
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Posted 8/21/12


I think I would have thought too much as well and it would be too late by the time I needed to make a decision. Very realistic.
Posted 8/21/12
Hmm well self sacrifice is always one way to look at it, you aren't riddled with guilt and you can die knowing you saved countless lives. The only irony is even if you were the hero in everyone's eyes for what u did, you'd eventually be forgotten , by the very people you saved even. I mean for a while you'd be remembered but after so long your o my remembered by your friends and family. It'd almost make the tought of self sacrifice in vein. On the other hand if u push the guy off your the selfice ass that pushed someone out to save his own skin, even if u meant to save everyone else. And you are forced to live with it and be ridiculed by others which is another irony. One side people are more likely to forgett a selfless act of good vs. remembering u as a selfish monster, what r ur thoughts guys
Posted 8/22/12 , edited 8/22/12


I agree, completely, and if I was really one of the types that knew/used very high quality vocabulary I would use to say that I completely agree, but it's a hassle
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Posted 8/23/12

I also would have done that. A large amount of time is needed to think about a crucial situation like this!
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Posted 8/23/12

Mangaman11 wrote:

Hmm well self sacrifice is always one way to look at it, you aren't riddled with guilt and you can die knowing you saved countless lives. The only irony is even if you were the hero in everyone's eyes for what u did, you'd eventually be forgotten , by the very people you saved even. I mean for a while you'd be remembered but after so long your o my remembered by your friends and family. It'd almost make the tought of self sacrifice in vein. On the other hand if u push the guy off your the selfice ass that pushed someone out to save his own skin, even if u meant to save everyone else. And you are forced to live with it and be ridiculed by others which is another irony. One side people are more likely to forgett a selfless act of good vs. remembering u as a selfish monster, what r ur thoughts guys


Again, do not go outside of the situation with a third option.
Posted 8/26/12
I agree w/ Thorn12. But if I did think it through, I'd push the man in front of the train. I'd feel awful doing it, but..
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Posted 8/28/12
For me I do not think the guilt of pushing the man in front of the train would get to me as much as actually doing it. Being able to physically push a man in front of the train would be the big decision. And I would say that if I brought myself to do it in time before the train passed, I'd push the man in front of it.
As for the guilt of killing, just have to keep in mind of the total number of lives saved compared to lost
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Posted 9/17/12


Hmm...I had to think about this one. I wouldn't want to end millions of lives, nor would I want to end one. But thinking realistically, I would be thinking about whether to save the people and end one life, or save one life and end thousands. And by the time I made my decision, it would most likely be to push a man in front of the train, but then I would be unable to because it was already too late. So I would be shameful for not saving those people and thinking about what would've happened differently if I would've pushed a man in the path of the train to save those other lives.
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