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I Think That Was A Dodge, Harv. :)

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Posted by Mario Dovalina on June 17, 2003 01:23:58 UTC

"I don't like talking about just grotesque scenarios since they aren't very uplifting situations that benefit the human spirit"

This is probably one of our major personality differences. I LOVE subjects like these! Particularly when talking to a moral absolutist, they are a lot of fun to bring up. I think your answer of attacking the assailant works in this particular scenario, but missed the more important sub-issue, that is, is it better to kill 100 by omission of action, or to kill 1 through direct action? If you are forced into such a decision, can any choice be said to be "moral," especially in the eyes of a benevolent, good God?

Let's say the assailant was one of the above:
1) Bruce Lee.
2) A knife-proof superhuman android.

Then you're screwed, Harv. :) Ya gotta make a choice. Or would rushing suicidally against the android be the only option?

My personal answer to this question is that it makes no difference whose hands the blood is on: what matters is that more lives were saved. If I were presented with the opportunity to murder Stalin's mother, I would be lying if I said that it would not be a very hard choice to make.

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