walking dead spoiler season 2 (yes i used a spoiler as it should be used):
Spoiler:Showi was watching walking dead yesterday (early second season), when i got to an episode where a lady (not good with names) lost her daughter in a potentially dangerous area, she inappropriately compared her (potential) loss to another lady whose sister is dead. i think she mentioned losing her daughter (assume she died) was more significant than the other lady losing her sister
the friend said he wouldnt mind if a person compared losing their (kid) daughter as being more significant than him losing his sister (adult) because to him, someone elses daughter > his sister...
I said ethically theyre the same (ignoring utilitarianism for now), you cant compare peoples worths like that, in which he gave a serious look and replied i had psychological issues.. (cheers mate )... this made me wonder what other people thought...
from a utalitarian perspective, the daughter would have more significance because of her younger age assuming she is healthy and the sister doesnt have any significant traits that can save lives or something. .....but ignore this perspective for now.
from the mothers perspective, obviously the daughter takes priority, but i would have thought from your perspective, if you had a sister (assuming you dont hate her), that she would be a higher priority than someone elses daughter.
while i could try and put myself in the mothers shoes and hence compare my sister to my hypothetical daughter, is that appropriate? comparing my real sister to a hypothetical being?
so what do you think? whose life ethically has more significance:
1) the kid daughter
2) the adult sister
100s of personal statements examples here