Would you rather kill or be killed?

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  1. crankalicious profile image92
    crankaliciousposted 9 years ago

    Would you rather kill or be killed?

    I'm asking this as a philosophical exercise. If you absolutely had to make a choice, would you rather kill somebody or be killed? Think hard about this. Would you rather murder another human being and live with the guilt (you do not get to choose who to kill) or die instead?

  2. Sherry Hewins profile image91
    Sherry Hewinsposted 9 years ago

    If I understand your question correctly, I would rather be killed than murder some random person. I would have no problem killing in self defense.

  3. Insane Mundane profile image57
    Insane Mundaneposted 9 years ago

    I kill some poor insect or something every time I walk on the grass, but I'm not always aware of such things.  A true philosophical question doesn't have all these exceptions and variables at hand, such as this.  I'd rather survive as long as possible, if that makes any sense.

  4. Ronilo Blanca profile image61
    Ronilo Blancaposted 9 years ago

    Huh! hard question. Its depend upon the situation. If somebody want to kill me. Of course i have to defend my self. So i choose to kill somebody who wants to kill me.
    If you ask if i will kill somebody without any reason i don't do that. Killing somebody is a mortal sin.

  5. ParadigmEnacted profile image70
    ParadigmEnactedposted 9 years ago

    It depends on a variety of factors. The objective value of each of us at the time as well as what each death would accomplish. If executed the wrong way, the life of one person is worth every other one on this planet in my opinion. People should not be so casual about the number of deaths that happen on a daily basis and appear in newspapers...no single one of them is negligible and yet they are treated that way. 

    I also believe that there are certain instances...rare ones...where self-defense is not the answer. Society is a big promoter of self-defense, but society also has its hands very bloody and dirty. What were the teachings of people like Christ and Gandhi about self-defense?

  6. LensMan999 profile image60
    LensMan999posted 9 years ago

    Even the thought of killing a person makes me afraid. But I don't know I may kill a person for self defence. I have never gone through such a situation, hence answering this questions seems quite difficult.

  7. lone77star profile image78
    lone77starposted 9 years ago


    Only I can put myself into such a philosophical quagmire, and I choose not to.

    If someone else thinks they can put me into that "impossible" situation, they don't know me or who they really are.

    We were created in the image and likeness of the Heavenly Father. And guess what? He's not Homo sapiens!

    You can think yourself into any "problem."

    I choose to take 100% responsibility and not have a problem. When you take such perfect responsibility, you can no longer be a victim, even of such a tawdry question as this.

    No matter how clever someone thinks they are in creating the conditions and rules of a "game," they fall far short when dealing with someone who knows how to be outside of all "games."

    The problem with many people these days is that they think they have only a limited number of choices -- such as the selection you've provided for us. They react to external stimuli, rather than rise above the stimuli and simply create.

    In every victim there is a piece of a perpetrator, hungry to lash out. Within every perpetrator there is a piece of a victim, suffering some perceived wrong.

    Rise above such things and be free. Yehoshua of Nazareth showed us how.

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    JThomp42posted 9 years ago

    I would only kill to protect myself or my family. Would I enjoy it? O course not. But, to require such drastic measures would require a drastic situation. Say if someone broke into my home in the middle of the night. They are not there to pay us a social visit. So, I would do what it took to protect my family and myself.

  9. residentstone profile image57
    residentstoneposted 9 years ago

    Well duh, kill of course, why would you want to be killed? I'm not a murderer by any means, but I could kill guilt free no problem for the right reasons. I'm not a big fan of the human race anyway. Pfffft, kill for sure.

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  10. tsmog profile image78
    tsmogposted 9 years ago

    Hello crankalicious. I saw this question yesterday on an excursion. Sharing, when I have questions for or of "self" thus seeking answers, well, I lean toward spontaneity more than randomness. That said, I answer questions many times of great length here at the answer section as thought exercises, practice seeking more with less or the economy of words, and of course inspiration.

    I agree very philosophical regarding this question and an exercise of more than thought offering a premise for a decision. Fight or flight comes to mind and then next is all the attachments of morality, ethics, and etc. However, once here I was a little dismayed.

    The exchange of kill with murder seemed of a view with perspective a change of venue. I do not accept kill and murder as being synonymous, nor acknowledge each as so. Therefore, honestly do not know how at this moment to answer other than the primary question separate from the secondary. Thus, exploring is offered and, well . . .

    An old service technique for customer satisfaction with regard to customer complaints is an acronym termed S-P-A-R.


    I may have a bit and a byte of memory failure of some type. There is an acronym for those too. Acronyms are near to argots within fields of careers, study, and etc. May be a hub in there somewhere.

    Any way, as a sail boat not adrift on a lazy Sunday morning, yet just allowing for natural, toes in the water, and pondering I would rather kill. Of course the thought in mind was a bear or a lion or even a bumble bee. Therefore, is a "body", yet "some" is the question next.

    If it is a who, well, Dr. Seuss always answers that question for this "self" with Horton Hears a Who. With a bit of the imagination a body, too, is an organization likened to an organism. Then it may become more social-psychology rather than psychology.

    The next question changes synapses firing and possibly misfiring too. "Would you rather murder . . . or die instead?" I have a challenge with understanding this question. Murder offers intent with definitions. That is kinda' intense.

    The content of the context of the question is "live with guilt". Presumption may be seen as wrong doing. That lends to the definition of intent dancing with the philosophical of Ethics. Again, with context, "die instead" offers immense pondering. As a writer I would ask who, what, where, why, when, how, and how much with regard to cause while allowing intuition or insight a peek at inspiration.

  11. connorj profile image72
    connorjposted 9 years ago


    Simply, I would rather kill the person trying to kill me or any member of my extended family (extended to include two of my daughters' husbands). However, if I understand your question correctly I believe what you are asking is more or less like a gang initiation, either be killed or randomly kill another innocent; thus, if it was between killing another person who was not threatening my extended family or be killed. I would choose to be killed and die willingly unless I could terminate the one placing such a demand on me.


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