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Posted 10/4/14
I know I would if it was my boyfriend or family. Or a close friend. At least, I don't think I'd freeze up.

A stranger or acquaintance? I'd like to think I would. I don't like seeing people upset or hurt (I hate hospitals for that reason), that led me to asking someone if they were okay upon seeing them cry when I was in junior high. I barely knew them but I wanted to help. I was basically rudely told no. So I stopped approaching people I didn't know. That doesn't mean I don't care. So I think I would at least try to help, if not lay down my life for another. Maybe part of that is my low self-esteem, I simply have issues believing people would miss me that much compared to other people. But I do certainly care about other people, and if I saw a gun waving maniac, I'd probably go all Gryffindor and charge him. (Stupid I know the better idea is to come up with a plan, but well, I'm impulsive and that's the first thing that'd come to mind with that being a act first think later situation)

So yeah. I would try put others above me. No one deserves to die, and if I can do something about it, I would do anything to prevent that even if it meant my death. Now if it were me and my boyfriend were stuck in a slowly filling pit of sand and only one of us could get out... we'd probably spend so much time arguing who would live that we'd both die.

Really, I think no one truly knows what kind of person they'd be until they're in that situation. I hope I never am, though that means I'm not sure how I'd react. Honestly, I'd hope I choose the selfless path. Be kind of disappointing if I didn't since well, I've always pictured myself as that sort of person in those scenarios.
Posted 10/4/14

rebornkarite wrote:


imbrreezzy wrote:

nope but i'd avenge them


you got this i know it!


so you'd let your mom get killed and then avenge her death?
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Posted 10/4/14
I would sacrifice myself for loved ones, probably not a stranger but I would try all I could to save them
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Posted 10/4/14
Only if it was a cute girl
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Posted 10/12/14 , edited 10/12/14

Warlick959 wrote:


javamoon wrote:


Warlick959 wrote:

I choose to look at this question biologically, since ultimately we are, like any other living creature, organisms who's main purpose is to reproduce and keep our lifeline going. If it was for my mother, I probably wouldn't . However, if it was for my child I probably would.
Doesn't mean I don't love my mom, but I want our heritage to continue and I'm sure she would as well. That's deep down the main reason someone would have a child.
"Anybody who dies without leaving behind a living offspring is a biological failure." -My high school Biology teacher, one of the smartest people I've known.


I had a high school biology teacher who pretty much said the same thing, though he phrased it when talking to another student, "See, I'm better than you biologically because I've already produced a child. You haven't.". Ugh.

I think that kind of mentality is stupid. It's selfish, conceited and shortsighted. Those who choose not to or are otherwise unable to have kids aren't any less than anyone else.

Our species is not likely to go extinct due to dwindling population anytime soon. :)


I definitely agree that reproduction alone isn't all there is to living, and that people can be much more successful financially or otherwise without children. And anyone who still thinks they're generally better than another person for having had more kids is, well, sort of an idiot

I just meant that in a way that I don't think I'd be able to make a decision like that emotionally, so I would probably just follow my animal instincts that are meant to preserve the human species. Even if we aren't anywhere near endangered, our instincts still exist for when we're in a pickle.


I am Asexual. Asexuality is not considered a disorder, but a normal sexuality.


I am not sexual. I do not feel and have never felt physical attraction, and I dont want children.

I'm a proud failure.
Posted 10/12/14
Sacrifice, gladly.
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Posted 10/14/14
I would sacrifice myself for another.
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Posted 10/23/14
I think that people are missing a critical part of this conundrum. There's been some mention of if you choose to sacrifice yourself for someone else then that person has to live with you dying for them. But no one has mentioned the flip side. If you choose to live then you have to live with the decision of letting someone else die that you could have saved.

Personally even with that knowledge I don't see myself sacrificing my life for a stranger, unless it was a child. But for my family, probably yeah. It's been mentioned that you can't really know what you'll do until you're in the moment and that's true. But my best guess right now would be that I wouldn't willingly let a child or a loved one die if I could do something about it.
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Posted 10/24/14
You cant really be sure about things like this unless some situation comes up like this one, most people say they'd give their life for a loved one but probably not a stranger. We may not like to admit this but humans are selfish by nature and many people could say they would give their life for a loved one, but if something like that happened they wouldn't because they themselves do not want to cease existing. I'm basically saying this is a kind of irrelevant topic because a lot of people wouldn't stand by their words.

I would personally like to think I would give my life for a loved one.
Posted 10/26/14
i'd do it for the experience.. it will give me an excuse. there's just no point to many things

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Posted 11/17/14
For the love of my life yes, if it was for an old person no.. I mean they already had their chance at life, and they're almost on their way anyway.
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Posted 11/17/14
I definitely would. If the situation was really that dire, then I would throw myself on the line.
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Posted 11/19/14
Live so i can fight another day
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Posted 11/19/14
There are pros and cons of everything. Just because you die instead of someone doesn't mean the other person, or people around you in general will be fine when you're gone. What if the person you saved blames him/herself for the rest of their life? It really does depend on the situation, and if it's something that can be decided over a period of time many factors need to be put into it. In general I would 'sacrifice' myself, and would hate it if someone died instead of me.
Posted 11/20/14
I would hope that the person I'd save would be at peace knowing that I died out of concern and compassion for them and with little regret, and that they would come to be able to forgive themselves for being spared and able to go on while I died and cannot, and know I did not mind doing it for them because I hypothetically love them and vice versa. I would hope they would see or come to see that it was an honour to save the ones I loved and couldn't have wanted a better death.
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