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The trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of the problem is this: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two options: (1) Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track. (2) Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person. Which is the correct choice?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem

Is pulling the lever the morally right choice? Is not pulling it the morally right choice? Is there a morally right choice within this scenario at all? If you think pulling the lever is the best decision, would you be able to do it? Feel free to explain your opinion below.
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There is no correct choice. Either way, someone is dying as a result of your actions (or lack of actions).

There are also a lot of different factors that could determine what choice someone makes. Are all 6 people total strangers? Is there someone you know among the group of people tied up? Are the 5 all old people who could easily die any day while the single person looks young and healthy and still has their whole life ahead of them? Does it look like it's possible to untie the single person before the trolley arrives, and thus saving everyone?

Whatever the case, it would suck to be put in a situation like this to begin with.
Posted 12/28/15 , edited 12/28/15
An ethical question is suited for those whom in great confidence stands responsible for the welfare of their people, in which case, the correct answer would be to save as many people as possible. Should A (group of five) be the citizens of another country, and B (one person) be the citizen of the person in charge of pulling or not pulling the leaver, then this is a diplomatic issue that could quickly send two countries spiraling out of control, which means that the correct answer, still, is to save as many people as possible, regardless of citizenship. Should A be adults, and B be a child, then the answer is, still, to save as many people as possible. Should B be an acquainted of the one in charge of the leaver, then the answer is, still, to save as many people as possible, but, it is to a degree understandable should they falter, but they are then expected to resign as they did not live up to their duty.

A moral question is suited for those with no less responsibility than that of the welfare of their own kin; relatives, acquaintances, and so on. In this case, it truly does not matter what the person chooses to do, because it should not, and is not up to them to decide. Of course the correct answer is to save as many people as possible, but it is not their duty to, and they are not expected to. And it is, again, understandable should B (one person) be an acquaintance of the person with the choice of pulling or not pulling the leaver. Personally, I would've done anything to save my sister, her husband, her kids, or anyone else whom she deems important to her. I would not care one bit about the consequences of my actions, because my duty, my sole duty, is to protect my sister's welfare, physical and mental; I don't give a shit about any of you people or your children.

And that is really how it works.
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Posted 12/28/15
Pull the lever.
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A tricky question indeed. You could argue that the more life is saved the more moral but that leads us into a slippery slope. Does more life really mean you have more ought to save it? Can we really put a cost on human life? Do certain humans who are deemed more beneficial to society deserve protection rights over say the disabled?

How I'd personally react depends on the when and how of the situation. I'd think I wouldn't pull the trigger but I can't really say as I've never been in the situation myself.

Let it rip.
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I'd jump infront of it and stop it since im a worthless piece of shit and I never do anything productive anyways...
Posted 12/28/15
Why were they tied to the railway tracks? Are they from the Looney Tunes universe?
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Too bad shounen characters aren't here...
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CRY
SCREAM

Can't I stop the trolley from moving??
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If I somehow magically knew what was going on I would not interfere with the situation unless that one guy volunteered to die.
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Posted 12/28/15
Pull it. I place a bet on whether or not the lone person on the other track is free and able to help himself/herself.
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hard to answer but I'd probably true to save as many lives as possible
I'd have to pull the lever
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Survv wrote:

hard to answer but I'd probably true to save as many lives as possible
I'd have to pull the lever


What if that one was Albert Einstein and the 5 were NAZI?
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Posted 12/28/15

Rujikin wrote:


Survv wrote:

hard to answer but I'd probably true to save as many lives as possible
I'd have to pull the lever


What if that one was Albert Einstein and the 5 were NAZI?


Considering Einstein's work lead us to the age of Nuclear warfare I'd still pull the lever.
Posted 12/28/15
I wouldn't pull the lever.

I hate the hypocrisy of save the many and fuck the few.
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