I am what I call an independent thinker. Or at least I like to think I am. To my parents great dismay I am not a Republican. To societies great dismay I am not a Democrat. I am the great Fence-sitter of philosophical matters.
We were presented with this situation. I would like to hear what you would do. Because I am fence sitting.
Remember it’s my world. So what I say goes ok?
Ok. There is a train travelling at full speed with 10 people on board. The train is heading straight for a brick wall and at impact all 10 people will die.
However, you are capable of changing the path of the train. You can change it to travel down the other path where it will run over just one person. Do you change the path?
Most people in the discussion said an emphatic yes.
But then what if that one person was carrying the cure for cancer or AIDS, would you still change the path?
Most people said an emphatic no.
Then the question was posed, what if that person that would be run over was your child and the person carrying the AIDS cure was on the train... Would you change the path?
I am evidently not a very caring person. I would not change the path regardless. How can one life be any less important that then lives of 10? I am too irresponsible. By taking action I am responsible for the consequences and there is no way I would want to be responsible for the death of someone. The other 10 shouldn’t gotten on a train heading for disaster. But see, it’s irresponsible. And I can talk this in circles for hours ... because no thanks. I will be avoiding trains for a while. A long while.
I just can’t handle this no-answer-makes-you-look-like-a-nice-person situation...