06 May 2019

Difficult ethical conundrum... or not...

Some people enjoy pondering or discussing ethical conundrums.  "You can only save one person from drowning; should it be the mother or the young child?"  "Is it OK to kill X in order to prevent X from killing 4 innocent people?"  You've heard many others.  And the principle involved is the central theme behind Ursula LeGuin's classic The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. (highly recommended short story, BTW).

The cartoon panel embedded above poses a theoretical question.  You can view the second panel of the cartoon at Jobsanger.

Related:  Toddler solves the "trolley problem"

Reposted from 2017 to embed the video suggested by Nolandda in his comment:


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    1. Wow. That was a GREAT Youtube vid. I bookmarked that.

      Regarding the bit about killing someone whom you knew would kill others, there's this:




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