Fictional Moral Dilemma… WWYD?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: WWYD?
    Steal the baby. The suffering of one is required to spare the many. : (23 votes)
    77 %
    Spare the baby. An innocent should never suffer for something that doesn't concern them. : (6 votes)
    20 %
    I don't know... I'd probably try and avoid making the choice. : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Other (note there are only two ways to complete this mission) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Slaves, babies, mutants aside…..if the life of one (whether child, baby, senior etc) will save the lives of many, I say that’s a horrible but acceptable sacrifice. I hope to never be faced with the reality of such a decision.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    As someone who’s never played Fallout, I need to know more about this mutation. Does becoming a Trog actually cause the slaves to suffer any more than they already suffer as slaves? Are there are superpowers involved, a la X-Men? Can you set up some kind of Trog-advocacy group to combat Trog-ophobia among the general populace? I mean really, what is so bad about being a Trog?

    Also, if killing Ashur is an option, why not kill him, take over his city & free the slaves before they mutate? That way the slaves are freed & the baby is spared.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @ZebraPrintMe:  How does giving the baby to the slaves help them?  Is it certain death?  Why do you have to kill its mother?

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @ZebraPrintMe:  Okay, so in the game…is there like one right choice and then you can win?  I don’t know how games like that work.  Is it like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, where the outcome is different based on your decisions?  Or is there a choice that means you win?  Since it’s a game, I’d choose whatever makes you win.  

    If neither choice means you’ll win, I’d choose to steal the baby and cure the slaves.  More people would benefit and there’s a chance the kid would survive and become like Atreyu or something!

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    This is a super vague recollection, but I remember a psychological study was done about something pseudo similar with completely different results.  People were told a hypothetical story about a train, full of people, that was going to crash.  However, if you pushed someone from the platform onto the tracks, somehow it would signal the train to stop earlier, sparing the train riders lives.  You would have killed an innocent (person on the platform), but his/her death would stop the train full of people from dying.  The vast majority were incapable of the idea of being solely responsible for murdering someone, even when that one death would spare so many.  Maybe people pick killing the child in the game since the scenario seems more removed from reality?  No idea really.  Just adding in some useless rambling. =)

     

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @FrillSeeker:  That’s an interesting way of looking at it, and it makes perfect sense.  Very few people have the inner resources (or training, for those that would find themselves in this kind of professional situation, eg. police, army, rescue agencies) to take responsibility *themselves* for the death of another person, even if it meant saving the lives of others…..rather, if a number of people died (eg. the train accident scenario) because no one stopped the train, none of the deaths would be that person’s responsibility, ie. it’s killing through inaction rather than action.  Does that make sense?  That would be much easier ethically to bear than a situation where you *must* kill someone, one or several.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @cdncinnamongirl:  That’s true, I totally glazed over the killing of the guy who asked vs. killing the baby thing and went straight to “but the poor baby/slaves!”.  I guess in the game scenario, it sounds like either way you are asked to kill someone innocent, so maybe then you’d pick the baby because you could rationalize that at least then slaves would be freed.  I’m so not a gamer but I thought this thread was interesting!

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