Would you press the button?

Posted by: Dr_Obvious

If the worlds population keeps growing, at it's present rate, it will soon exceed the planets ability to support it. This could result in the end of the human race. If you could press a button that would randomly kill 50% of the worlds population, possibly including yourself and save us from extinction, would you do it?

  • Yes

  • No

16% 3 votes
84% 16 votes
  • I don't see why I (a complete consumer and taker) has to live. But I would only press the button if there was absolutely no other way. Given that I (a commoner) would have the right to do that.

  • If we overcrowded the world, then the animals would suffer, too. They're much better than us, anyway.

  • That's stupid and a sin... a big sin. that's like a super sin wtf. you don't need to kill half the population to solve that problem.

  • A 50/50 chance of killing yourself? You'd be a fool to press it.

  • There is always another way to killing without people wanting to die. I would only do it if all the human race wanted to die for it.

    Posted by: Owl099
  • No. Killing people randomly is not the answer. The only thing that will result is the complete collapse of every nation on the planet and complete anarchy. What needs to be done putting funding into agricultural and energy sciences in order to survive.

    Posted by: Warik
  • There is plenty of room, that population theory is total BS!

  • No, I would not. The world's population may be increasing right now, but fertility rates are declining, so the world's population will likely decrease, therefore, hitting a button to kill half the world's population is unnecessary. In order to create a button that would kill half the world's population, we'd also need to accept that any of us could be included in that half of killed people.

  • Human life is sacred.

  • That is simply ridiculous! Only a beast with no concept of morality would press it.

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Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T16:38:39.4570982-05:00
@discomfiting It would be a sin to let things continue the way they're going. Doctors will cut off a leg to save a life. Wouldn't it be prudent to kill half the population to save the human race? Would you rather see everyone die, or save half of them?
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T16:41:19.0555892-05:00
@ben671176 You would also have a 50/50 chance of dying. That gives you the right. You have just as much chance of dying, and if you don't push the button, the human race becomes extinct. I would push it, and call myself a hero. Assuming I lived.
discomfiting says2014-07-24T16:52:58.3001476-05:00
I thought murder was a sin though
discomfiting says2014-07-24T16:53:11.6696047-05:00
I'm like 99% sure you'll go to hell for that
discomfiting says2014-07-24T16:53:23.0422234-05:00
Who are YOU to take a life, huh?
discomfiting says2014-07-24T16:53:46.5167284-05:00
So much self-righteousness, doing it to call yourself a hero..Psh.
1814Username says2014-07-24T18:25:02.7251845-05:00
Oh just stop it with the over-population myth. We are not over-populated.
1814Username says2014-07-24T18:26:20.1347260-05:00
Watch this video and read some books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsAracLBCxI
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T18:32:40.2507829-05:00
@1814Username We ARE overpopulated. What do you think would happen if massive solar flare knocked out the power grid? Experts estimate as much as a 90% population loss. It's going to happen, eventually. Just a matter of time. And we're not ready for it.
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T18:34:54.5204005-05:00
@Discomfiting How is saving the human race murder? This question assumes that if you don't press the button, the human race becomes extinct. It's a no brainer. I'd push the button.
Kreakin says2014-07-24T18:38:12.2719678-05:00
What's solar flares got to do with population? You high?
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T18:43:48.9388548-05:00
Modern agriculture is required to feed such a large population. If the Sun knocked out our power grid, we wouldn't be able to feed everyone. Mass starvation. That doesn't include things like disease, due to lack of proper sanitation. Without power, the majority of the population would die off.
discomfiting says2014-07-24T18:44:05.6478471-05:00
Wow you're a sadistic demon. You'd kill MILLIONS and MILLIONS of innocent little boys and girls, babies and adults instead of even TRYING to do something else first.
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T18:45:13.5892699-05:00
That's the problem. No one is doing anything about it.
Kreakin says2014-07-24T18:47:04.4294014-05:00
Uh we are everyday. We maintain this system, hence your light is on an you have food.
Kreakin says2014-07-24T18:48:30.7458613-05:00
You even have electricity and a global network on which you can post things like this. If a disaster happens then it's just that.
ben671176 says2014-07-24T19:57:42.4381000-05:00
I am already suicidal. Since of all the sin i've commited. Anyways I would rather to take the place of an other then to let that person suffer, even if it is one person or a hundred.
Formerland1 says2014-07-24T21:11:06.1956175-05:00
What if it only left the stupid 50% left and the human race was doomed , I'd be more selective on who I killed .
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-24T21:17:33.3682315-05:00
Good point.
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-25T12:58:20.2973613-05:00
@mishapqueen That's why I would push the button. My question assumes that all other methods have been tried, and failed. If you don't push that button, the human race would become history. Would you push it then?
leonitus2464 says2014-07-26T01:24:33.0802026-05:00
Dr_oblivious you would be no better than Hitler you would actually be worse he killed 2% you would kill 50%.
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-26T13:17:09.4292216-05:00
@leonitus2464 My question assumes that all other methods have been tried, and failed. If you don't push that button, the human race would become history. Would you push it then?
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-26T13:19:08.5017317-05:00
...Continued from previous post...If you don't push that button the human race is history. How can you call me a monster for pressing it? Would you call a surgeon a monster for amputating a limb to save the patients life? I think you would not.
Dr_Obvious says2014-07-26T13:20:49.4088109-05:00
Patients life? I think that you would not. It's the same thing. Some must die, so that others may live. My logic is irrefutable.

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