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    My brother got asked this in his philiosphy and ethics lesson a few days ago:

    Imagine you had to blow up one out of two buildings. No way around it.

    Building No. 1: Has 16 families in

    Building No. 2: Has your family in.

    :eek:
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    That's a harsh question.

    I'll be back once I've thought it over!
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    building 2 with me included
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    Why am I not allowed to get everyone out of both buildings and then blow them up?.
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    My first reation is to choose number one.
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    Building two, even though i wouldnt appreciate it
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    (Original post by imomo16)
    My first reation is to choose number one.
    same.
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    Well if I'm going to have to kill people no matter what, I'm gonna feel terrible no matter what. So in which case I might aswell just blow up the other people, what a daft question. It's like, Would you do

    A) something which will make you feel awful
    B) something which will make you feel even more awful

    Err, the first?

    Daft thread.
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    i'd definitely go for number 1. sounds harsh to kill lots of people but then you either deal with guilt of killing people you don't know or killing people who mean something to you. cold hearted perhaps but never mind...
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    I'd say 1 as well, I don't think I could ever kill my family. They mean too much to me.
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    Wouldn't want those explosives to go to waste so i'd blow up Building 1.
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    (Original post by ElvisAint-Dead)
    building 2 with me included
    Exactly what i thought!
    But I just couldnt do it i mean thinking about everyone but my family being affected by our death as well would put me off, but then the guilt of killing others.

    To OP Was this anyway to test being selfish or something?
    Or was it just a general topic to relate with moral issues?
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    I'd blow up the people who keep thinking of these dull-as-ditchwater examples to illustrate Utilitarianism.
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    To OP Was this anyway to test being selfish or something?
    Or was it just a general topic to relate with moral issues?
    It was just about general moral issues.
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    Building number one.

    I didn't even have to think about it..
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    (Original post by Transatlanticdrawl_)
    Well if I'm going to have to kill people no matter what, I'm gonna feel terrible no matter what. So in which case I might aswell just blow up the other people, what a daft question. It's like, Would you do

    A) something which will make you feel awful
    B) something which will make you feel even more awful

    Err, the first?

    Daft thread.
    The thing is that the one which will make you feel more awful will be different for everyone.
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    It depends on who those 16 families are... And in one sense, we are all related.
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    #1

    For all I know, it could be a family of ants or something. And obviously I value my family more highly than some ants.

    Seriously though, my irrational reaction is to go for my family. They are MY family, this is to be expected. Rationally though, 16 families is a higher death toll than just my family. Who knows. I hope I'm never faced with such a conundrum.
 
 
 
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