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Would you respect your son's wishes in this situation?

Dave The Canuck 2012/09/11 19:24:19
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There is a train that, much to your horror, is about to run over your grown up son, who has been tied to its track. It just so happens that you have just enough time to flip a switch that will send the train down a different track, saving your son. However, tied to the other track, is your granddaughter, the daughter of the very son in danger of being run over. Your son is begging and pleading with you not to flip the switch, not to kill his daughter. What would you do?
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  • Transquesta 2012/09/15 07:24:45
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Transquesta
    +5
    I'd respect my son's wishes.

    After that I'd go blithering insane with grief, anger and guilt.

    One could argue this dilemma rather dispassionately, though, and make the decision based on the fact that the son has had the chance to live much more of his life than his daughter. It's be 'fairer' to let the train squish the son.

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  • Sister Jean 2013/09/12 13:38:00
    Undecided
    Sister Jean
    no
  • Dave Th... Sister ... 2013/09/12 16:21:11
    Dave The Canuck
    Why did you click 'undecided' but wrote 'no?'
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2013/04/27 21:09:03
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    +1
    It's the obvious decision.
  • sue 2012/11/25 01:17:13
    Undecided
    sue
    jezzz, who knows how one would behave in such a situation. My son and his wife don't want children, so, I don't think I would have to make this decision.
  • La 2012/11/24 12:02:49
    I'd let his daughter live.
    La
    +2
    He'd feel so guilty otherwise. Always better to save a younger person.
  • Illjwamh 2012/11/24 05:28:17
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Illjwamh
    +3
    No question. As a parent myself in this situation, I would understand my son's feelings as a parent and be proud of him.
  • No One 2012/11/24 04:49:35
    I'd let his daughter live.
    No One
    +2
    I'de save the grandaughter over the son as she would be of a younger generation.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/10/02 02:42:51
    Undecided
    Keegan The Fabulous
    +2
    Untie both of them.

    [People glare with confusion]

    What? The reader is forced to make a lot of assumptions about the situation. Three, for example, are:

    ASSUMES the granddaughter is tied close to the switch in question, and that you and your two descendants are the only people to be found in this situation - nowhere in the description is a note about the amount of space you're working in actually given, nor is a note about the total number of people defined. Therefore, you could safely argue that because there's a possibility your granddaugher is tied a long ways down the track, and possibility a friend of yours is with you, you could flip the switch and still have enough time for your friend to cut your daughter free.

    (Any other case, though, I'd respect his wishes and let the train mow him over instead of his daughter.)
  • Johnny 2012/10/01 23:04:59
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Johnny
    +2
    Im talking about my son, and my granddaughter, so I would listen to my son's wishes, and let him rest in peace, and his and my legacy to continue from his daughter, who is younger and will probably live longer than him..
  • john 2012/10/01 20:54:32
    I'd let his daughter live.
    john
    +1
    would never like to be in this position, a bit like sophies choice.....
  • disclaimer 2012/10/01 17:57:00
    I'd let his daughter live.
    disclaimer
    +4
    If someone has to die, don't interfere with their choice.
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/10/01 17:54:50
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Jack's Pearl
    +2
    Because if he is to have a daughter, that means he lives.
  • ~Here Comes The Sun~ 2012/09/21 08:02:09
    I'd let his daughter live.
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +2
    This would be very rare of this happening.... I hope.
  • Transquesta 2012/09/15 07:24:45
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Transquesta
    +5
    I'd respect my son's wishes.

    After that I'd go blithering insane with grief, anger and guilt.

    One could argue this dilemma rather dispassionately, though, and make the decision based on the fact that the son has had the chance to live much more of his life than his daughter. It's be 'fairer' to let the train squish the son.
  • Sophie Transqu... 2012/09/15 07:29:20
    Sophie
    +2
    Very well said, Transquesta, very well said.
  • Dave Th... Sophie 2012/09/15 20:34:17 (edited)
    Dave The Canuck
    +1
    Feel free to vote and post your own answer to this question, Sophie.
  • marty 2012/09/12 02:24:43
    I'd let his daughter live.
    marty
    +4
    Then I'd go on a murderous rampage against those who tied my son and granddaughter there to begin with. I'd give the fools a choice of drowning in liquid nitrogen or being burned alive...
  • Transqu... marty 2012/09/15 07:26:34
    Transquesta
    +4
    Screw that! I'm thinking flaying them alive very slowly or feeding them feet first into a wood chipper with a granny gear.
  • RobHom Transqu... 2012/10/01 18:40:27
    RobHom
    +1
    Kewl!!!
  • Tina 2012/09/11 20:01:37
    Undecided
    Tina
    +2
    Undecided, well I would walk away, so I guess that made a decision huh?
  • Johnny Tina 2012/10/01 23:00:14 (edited)
    Johnny
    +1
    So, you'd let your son to die, cause it would be the same anyways, you didn't filp the switch and let your granddaughter to live, in other words, you decide to let his daughter live..
  • Dave The Canuck 2012/09/11 19:49:45
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Dave The Canuck
    +4
    If I really loved him, I'd have to respect his wishes.
  • Culgan 2012/09/11 19:28:09
    I'd let his daughter live.
    Culgan
    +5
    Save his daughter.

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