A train is heading toward 5 people standing on the track. You can throw a lever and divert the train so it will hit and kill only one person. You could also push the person standing next to you onto the track which will stop the train. Or you can jump in front of the train, killing yourself but stopping the train. Which would you do?
I liked the one being asked of prolifers last year.
You're in a fertility clinic that is burning down. There is a 5 year old child scared and crying in one room. In another room is a container full of thousands of fertilized embreos. You only have time to save one. Which do you choose?
It is a train how is jumping in front of it going to stop it from running 6 people over instead of 5 there is this annoying thing called momentum. Even flipping the switch if it is going fast enough to hit all 5 people means it is likely to derail and kill everyone around it and on it.
This is a take off of the Trolley problem. A whole book has been written about this and most people would rather walk away then make a difficult decision. For me it would be a question of the last 2. It depends on who the other person is (If it was tRump it would be an easy decision). This would be a good discussion for the philosophy group.
The trolley problem is not Sam Harris'. It has a long lineage all the way back to the turn of the last century:
"The modern form of the problem was first introduced by Philippa Foot in 1967, but also extensively analysed by Judith Thomson, Frances Kamm, and Peter Unger. However an earlier version, in which the one person to be sacrificed on the track was the switchman's child, was part of a moral questionnaire given to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin in 1905, and the German legal scholar Hans Welzel discussed a similar problem in 1951."
The worlds to crowded I'm not going to kill anyone but hell I'm not stoping it if it happens. Evolution is the survival of the fittest not survival of the most. With how humanity currently is evolution is stagnating theres no adapt to fit your environment its more adapt your environment to suit your needs and alow anyone to have as many kids as they want. The first time I watched idioracy I laughed at hiw ridiculous it was it's not so funny now more like best case scenario if the world keeps going the way it is. So less people always better
I am definitely not taking my own life. I can't push the person standing next to me because that is too personal. I guess I would make a command decision to choose 1 life instead of losing 5. I would probably got to prison for murdering one person. Do nothing seems like maybe the best answer but that would make me feel like a coward, I think.