If you could save five people by killing one person - what would you do?
Is this a sunshine and gumdrop hypothetical universe where I wouldn't be prosecuted for murder? Is this one person "innocent" or are they, personally, going to be killing these other five people.
Assuming they're a murderer and assuming I won't be arrested, probably.
If they're an "innocent" and one of those five people isn't me or someone I care dearly about, probably not.
It's a thought experiment in ethics,- and no - can't sacrifice yourself in the answer.
Such dilemmas are intended to test the limits and weakness of the major moral theories addressing the issues set forth by ethics and morality in general.
Nothing. It's not for me to decide who lives or dies--whether 1, 5, or 500,000,000.
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