Would you sacrifice one other person to save five or stand there and have the five die?
If there were a cart speeding at five people and person next to the track wich would be worse? Pushing that one guy in and saving five lives or just standing there and letting five people die?
I'd like to say save 5 however, until in a situation like this i don't think you can ever be sure :s Especially as you have to take action and that action is in effect killing that person. But simple logic states 5 lives saved is better than1. But i'm still not sure.
At the moment if I didnt have time to think I probably wouldnt be able to make the decision. With hindsight, of course I would choose to save the 5. That is, unless they were all convicted murderers and rapists.......
It depends on who the people are. If that one person is my family member and the other five are friends or acquaintances, I would let the five die.
The life of that one person is just as valuable as the life of the other five. To "sacrifice" that person is to deny their right to live.
To specifically answer the scenario, if those five people are that important, jump in front of the cart yourself. Don't take it in your hands to decide that that one other person's life isn't worth it. It's one thing to sacrifice oneself; it's another thing to murder someone else because you thought they were insignificant compared to others.
O.k assuming that you can't risk your own life just for the sake of the question
Would you be able to live with the fact that five people died and you could have stopped it?
If everyone is born equal and to be treated equally shouldn't you save the five?
As for most the other responses
Lets assume you know none of these people and all of them are good, ethical people.
I wouldn't have the right to decide to take any one innocent life whether to save one or a billion. I would leave such things in God's hands.
If the one were a mass murderer who was currently spraying a crowd with bullets, I would hope I could find the strength to take him out, if that is what it would take. Of course, I would hope to find an effective alternative. Even the "lost child" with the gun might be saved.
Death of these Homo sapiens bodies we wear is regrettable, but not the most important thing to us or to God. But it's kind of hard to awaken spiritually without them.
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