Moral dilemma.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you stay or go?
    Stay to help and risk drowning. : (28 votes)
    42 %
    Leave for safety and risk having 9 deaths on your conscience. : (39 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    22 posts

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    Post # 4
    640 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I would stay and help.

    Post # 5
    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m jumping out. I suck at swimming and my biggest fear is drowning.

    Post # 6
    1494 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    b) i go to my friend’s boat.

    I’d probably be a terrible person, but i’d be alive.

    Post # 7
    2642 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I send someone else to the other boat to help reduce the weight. Then I figure out how to plug the hole. 

    Post # 9
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Carlasgettingmarried:  A, I would stay and help. I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, so I’d figure I was put in that boat for a reason.

    Post # 10
    967 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’d go to the other boat.

    Post # 11
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Carlasgettingmarried:  I disaprove of the “it’s not logistics” argument. For me, it’s always logistics. Assuming someone I love is not on the damaged lifeboat, I would go over to my friend. However, I would ask for the undamaged life boats recipients to trade places every ten minutes with someone from the damaged boat, so that the task of trading water is spread out over more bodies, the task of bailing water is also spread out, and no one is forced to endure cold waters for longer than is necessary (obviously, the person treading water would remove their clothing first, so they had something dry to change into, later).

    I see everything like an airplane emergency. I’m going to take care of myself first. But I’ll try to help people I can by whatever means are available to me. By not ever giving in to the thought of there not being another way, I open myself up to a wider range of possibilities, and critical thinking. I’ll save myself first, but hopefully, I can use my wits to help someone else.

    Bottom line, even if it meant that the people on the damaged boat would have a lower chance of survival (initially), I will try to improve my own chances, first, so long as I am not hurting someone else (ie- knocking someone out who is on the undamaged boat and taking their place). After I have secured my safety to a degree, I will try to help others.

    These sorts of scenarios are kind of pointless.


    Post # 13
    7188 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’d probably go to the other boat. I’m pregnant and have my baby to think about too.

    Post # 15
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Carlasgettingmarried:  Wasn’t trying to burst your bubble or ruin the fun or anything. Just making the point that in real life, these black and while choices never exist. The only thing I can think of that comes from them is awkward feelings about what you would ultimately do.


    I wonder at considering them selfish or noble choices, though…

    Post # 16
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I get the idea of the Moral / Ethics scenario… these were uber popular during the Hippy Love era… consequently I have read a lot of these in the past and participated in similar discussions during HS and College.

    Now I hate to burst your bubble, but here are the facts.

    * Unless the other boat waits for you… or circles around to get you… you aren’t getting on board that one (this said by someone who has been on a cruise ship many times).  Once into the water, the Lifeboats / Tenders have to get away from the side of the ship, because that is WHERE they are at most danger… both from the mass & power of the ship (underway or not)

    * Second, you won’t be able to swim very far very fast.  Remember you’ll be in your clothes, not your Bathing Suit, Underwear or Naked.

    * Third, once in the water, you are less safe than in a boat… ANY BOAT.  Your survival rate will go down.

    Not to mention that the ocean is GIGANTIC… until you’ve actually been on a cruise ship just HOW BIG and how small one person floating around would be, cannot be fathomed.

    * Fourth, once wet, your survival also goes down.  Waters don’t have to be freezing to give you hypothermia.

    * And lastly… if you are thinking… HEY the Caribbean Waters aren’t that cold… true enough, BUT then they also have a lot of sharks !!

    Nah, I’d be staying in the boat I am in, and working as best I could to keep the boat afloat longer.  The power of 10 is better than the power of 1.  AND a lot of stuff can happen in 2 to 5 Hours that could change your fate.


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