Same question worded differently: We have a lifeboat, there is only room for 10, you have 15, how can we come to solutions to save all 15?
How often do we get this type of situation in life, the question, not the situation? Though the question is very similar when worded slightly different we can change the outcome. If I were to ask a child the first question...the child may be troubled, and may not think he has the ability to save someone...whereas if I ask them the second they might. As simplistic as this all seems, it really is the basis of what has happened to us all. We need only look at the presidential elections, how often do you here: Well I am picking the lesser of the two evils? (I voted for Johnson...even though I knew he wouldn't win...it didn't matter to me because I voted for who I thought could do a good job). Another big one, in Utah at least...let us say you wanted to vote Democrat for President, most people don't bother because the Republican always wins. How sad for us...How sad that we are picking based off a party and not based off the man/woman who will lead us.
So what is the thought of the day? Let us go back to the "Morality Test" ...Taken from: create debate. There's this passenger liner sailing from Britain to Australia (a nice long cruise). Halfway through the journey it sinks. During the panic and chaos of the sinking process you regain consciousness on some remaining debris with 15 other people. A lifeboat floats up to you all, but it can only support 10 people. Since you found the lifeboat you get to decide the 9 other people who will join you.
1) A Doctor, GP, who has an addiction to drugs and is very nervous (Male/60 years old)
2) A black Protestant Minister, (Male/27 years old)
3) A prostitute, but is an excellent nurse, she has already saved a drowning child and put him on another lifeboat (Female/37 years old)
4) A criminal. Charged with murder and can navigate the boat. (Male/37)
5) A mentally disturbed man, who carries important government secrets in his head (Male/41)
6) A law-abiding salesman. He sells automatic washing machines and is also a member of the Rotary Club. (Male/51)
7) A crippled boy, paralyzed since birth. He cannot use his hands and is dependent on others. (Male/8)
8) A housewife with two children at home (Female/23)
9) A Jewish restaurant owner, married with 3 children at home. (Male/40)
10) A Teacher considered one of the best in England. (Female/32)
11) A Catholic Nun, supervisor of a girl's school. (Female/46)
12) An unemployed man, formally a professor of literature. He has a great sense of humor and is a decorated soldier for his contribution in the last war and was in a concentration camp for 3 years. (Male/53)
13) An Irish man studying to be a pharmacist. (Male/23) And is married to...
14) An Irish woman, studying to be a nursery teacher. (Female/22)
15) An American, he is also a Neo-Nazi and thus hates the Jew. However he has a large box of food which he will throw into the sea unless he goes into the lifeboat. (Male/20)
6 of the above must die. Just pick 6 and then justify your options.
Don't attempt to find holes in the hypothetical situation (e.g "Who would want to go to Australia?") it's a lot easier and saves space if you stick to the topic.
Whether you eventually arrive at a desert island or a civilized land is purely chance. Thus, you should prepare you choices for both outcomes.
Back to My THOUGHTS: Why did they put the person's religious beliefs? Are we to assume that this part has anything to do with morality? Look at the 15th person...a Neo-Nazi: but he has food. Then of course the ex-con...but he can navigate the boat. And why do they point out that there is a black man, a jew, or an Irish person? WHAT? What does the color of skin, place of birth, or religion have to do with it?
My thoughts: It seems like a set up to me. It can be seen as religiously charged and can really show the type of person you are. All in all A TRAP! I don't think it can answer the question of true Morality (I mean shouldn't the Jewish man who survived a consitration camp live, I mean he made it this long, who are you to kill him now? Or shouldn't the little boy live?). What is Morality, we can define it as doing the right thing....But in this case the right thing can be very subjective (thus the Debate factor) But is doing the "right" thing this subjective? All in all this is a survival question, and not about morality. It is subjective and a way of dividing us....Place it in perspective: The world can only hold so many humans, who do we get rid of? Isn't this the real question? Deciding who lives and who dies is not Morality. This type of question is designed to make us believe in "Greater Good" dogmas. Because logically...You are picking who is Most Fit to Live....Is that being Moral? No, it is simply our animal instincts to live.
Okay...Sorry, I get it...this is designed for deep thought...but is it really? One can simply look back in time to situations where boats were sinking...Shit changes when you are in the situation. We can hope and pray that we act morally, but in the end, we do not know until that moment how we will act. (Ever watch the movie Sofia's Choice? That is harsh)
What I think: It is a way of pushing or rather directing our thoughts. This is a way of Forcing our line of thinking toward a Collectivism or consensus of: We must kill 5 so 10 can live. The question does not leave room for anything else...for thinking outside the box while leading you to believe you are thinking outside the box.
This of course is like the question, many of us as kids were asked: Two people you love are hanging from the cliff...You are holding onto them...you must let go of one in order to save the other. Who remembers this question, in junior high people would say this to someone and say something like: Your mom and your girlfriend....But it is a box isn't it. Think about it. Pretend I am holding onto both of my children....Am I going to let go...FUCK NO! First off, I think adrenaline would help in this situation. I would tell Deavan to use me like a rope and force her to climb up me, then I would pull Raven up....But of course if I answered this way the person would say...NO, NO...You aren't following the rules....To this I say: Isn't this type of question about opening the mind...Why can't I try to save both? No, No....in real life you would have to choose...But would I? Seriously?
What do you think? Do you think these questions are meant to open your mind....Or are they designed to trick you into thinking you are opening your mind?