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Posted 8/16/14
i am bored, so in my bored curiosity i decided, lets try a thought experiment. Movie buffs may remember the premise of this particular idea was made into a movie i can not recall the name of :/. anyway, lets get to it.

A man comes to your door, with a box. inside the box is 100 million dollars. Enough money for you, your kids, your grand-kids to live comfortably for the foreseeable future. but like with most things it comes with a catch. The man explains that the cost of taking the money is one human being somewhere on the planet will die. it could be some starving African kid, a rich wall street tycoon, the old lady down the street. anyone, any gender, any age.

So is that amount worth a human life? If you do not know who will die then is the life of those you know or perhaps even yourself worth it? Or perhaps the real test is not money or a life but, do you believe the words of the man and his box? And if assumed that all actions have a reaction could your actions or inaction set something in motion far more complex than you realize?

its a curious thought.

Do you open the box?

Or be content with the life you have?
Posted 8/16/14 , edited 8/16/14
I wouldn't open it, it's selfish to only think of your self. I am content in what I have and work hard for it. No one should be sacrificed for you own selfish gain at least in my opinion.
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Posted 8/16/14 , edited 8/17/14
I would open it.

Who knows it might be one of the people who should be brought to justice that might die. One bastard less on the world and me earning millions?

Not a bad deal.
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Posted 8/16/14
I would answer with : are you testing me?I would open the box anyways since why would some random person die because of this? Someone somewhere on earth dies every 10 seconds or so anyways but you can direct some of that money to saving more lives.

I would use some of the money for developing NerveGears though since I'm not big on having children.
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Posted 8/16/14 , edited 8/16/14
I wouldn't. Lmfao the government would be all up my ass asking where i got that money from. IRS don't fuck around. Plus i live a pretty comfortable life compared to a lot of other people in the world. I wouldn't justify essentially murdering someone for money. Cuz thats what you're doing - killing someone for money. Don't get me wrong I'd say that I'm a pretty greedy person, but even greedy people have morals too.

And plus imagine if by some off chance it was someone you knew, your friends, family, or spouse. How depressing do you think the rest of your life would be to live with that dark secret.
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Posted 8/16/14
I would open it since I would never believe in what he said. Plus, there's always someone who dies every second... What makes you sure that (s)he died from me opening a box?
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Posted 8/16/14
Nah. As much as I like money, I hate free money.
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21 / M / The Void
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Posted 8/16/14 , edited 8/16/14
Hmmm, one could argue that you could use some amount of the money you gain to save countless more lives than the one you took. Not that it matters, I'd probably use the money to take some more lives. Either way, yes, I would open it.
Posted 8/16/14
That box would fly open. I wouldn't believe that the person died from my actions. It's not possible unless the person giving me the box kills someone or has someone else do the killing and that would be on them not me. If it's someone I knew I'll just buy someone to replace them anyway. Hell, I'll probably be replacing a lot of people in my life anyway or cutting them out once I had that much money.
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Posted 8/16/14
If we assume the guy is telling the truth to start with, the simplest way for the box to meet these conditions (that by opening the box to get the money, someone dies) is rather simple:

It contains a bomb, or toxin, or something else that will kill whoever opens it. It is the most realistic way to meet these conditions without the use of magic or fate or other such drivel. Even though he knows who will die, the man can still honestly say the "it could be anyone-anywhere" bit because he doesn't know for certain who will open it, when, or where they'll be.

With that in mind, I'd probably try to find a way to disarm the trap and open the box anyway, because I have a mortgage to pay.
Posted 8/16/14
I'd open it before he even finished explaining.


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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Posted 8/16/14
Sure i would
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Posted 8/16/14
I'm a selfish person, so yes of course.
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23 / M / California
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Posted 8/16/14
Yeah I'd probably open it, and as someone said already you could even use that money to help save more lives anyway.
Posted 8/16/14
I would leave the box alone.
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