If five people are in the path of an imminently fatal accident. Should you murder an non-involved bystander if that would save them?

Posted by: Kreakin

The cats are watching..

  • Yes. Murder the person nearby.

  • No. Don't murder the person nearby.

71% 5 votes
29% 2 votes
  • What if the nearby person is your son or daughter. Then it becomes a emotional decision. Never-mind that, but I wouldn't place someone else in a position to die over the people that has. Because it would be best to allow yourself to be killed, if you wanted to play hero.

    Posted by: knu
  • It is not your choice as to take or not to take a human life. The only thing you can do is attempt to save the people with the help of the bystander, and if you fail, then you fail, and you may have made a new friend along the way. The deaths of many do not justify the death of one, and our ancestors have died to ensure that such a maxim holds true. It is not okay during mass genocide to kill a person simply because everyone else is being killed any way, even if such an act would be the last and therefore end the genocide.

    Posted by: Shield
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PetersSmith says2014-08-10T12:12:18.2401373-05:00
What, you mean like you're driving a car and suddenly a bunch of kids come out of a corner and the only way to not hit them is to make a sharp left and hit a bystander who just happened to be there?
Kreakin says2014-08-10T12:40:10.5480501-05:00
Or; five people are about to be hit by a falling object. You are next to a guy in a circus cannon and you could swing it round and shoot him at the falling item. That would steer it off of course saving the five. Unfortunately the poor human cannon ball gets splatted. The key point is that the five are already in harms way by means of an act of God or accident. There is maybe no moral obligation to act as they would be victims of an accident.
PetersSmith says2014-08-10T12:54:24.7284663-05:00
Kreakin: What is the likely-hood that a situation like this will ever happen?
Kreakin says2014-08-10T13:21:16.3870468-05:00
Is hypothetical for an example. OK it's a bit unusual. You could construct a trolley lever scenario but that's a bit dull.
PetersSmith says2014-08-10T13:32:52.1084636-05:00
Kreakin: Actually, I have a good one. Five people are about to be killed by a terrorist. You are one of the terrorists and you could shoot the guy about to kill the other people and give them a chance to escape, but in turn you will also be killing yourself. But you are theoretically a bystander because you are not directly taking part in the shooting.
Kreakin says2014-08-10T13:33:57.8844907-05:00
Hmm, thanks
Kreakin says2014-08-11T04:32:00.1433225-05:00
MyDinosaurHands - people at my local hospital need body parts, can they have yours then? Net gain 10 lives..

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