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Who are the 10 people?
Thu May 12, 2011 21:17

If I can find just one fool to volunteer before me, let him...

Besides, if I don't save it, I die anyway. In saving it I save myself, saving the world is just a side effect... Unless in your scenario, I somehow can exist post armageddon.

Just kidding. I will now endeavor to answer the question with some modicum of seriousness.

1. Yes, I recognize that my own existance is not paramount in the grand scheme of things. Were I to allow the world to be destroyed just to spare myself some pain, it would reflect quite poorly on myself.

2. If there are others, I probably would be more hesitant to volunteer. One things the Army taught us was to "never volunteer" even though we already had volunteered in the first place. Though if, in my judgement, none of the others would likely volunteer, I would probably be back to the answer in #1.

I think the pain aspect would drive many folks away from volunteering. I think many in our modern society are so pain averse that they would do just about anything to avoid it. I would be surprised if more than 2 or 3 out of 10 volunteer.

  • Hypothetical - Would You Save The World?Uru Hammer, Mon Apr 18 14:43
    The entire world is in peril. You can choose to save it at the cost of your own life. Your death will be painful, but the pain will last no more than a few hours. Do you accept? It does not matter... more
    • Who are the 10 people? — Sprout, Thu May 12 21:17
    • Don't see why notSinister Dexter, Wed Apr 20 11:26
      What is it now, about 7 Billion people on the planet, vs one? The question itself is somewhat ambiguous, however. In the event one refuses to give up one's life for the greater good, does the... more
    • Yes.Poppet, Tue Apr 19 23:46
      "And in this moment, I will not run. It is my place to stand." Why not me? Yes, I'm an extreme outlier in terms of my intelligence (or the associated test scores, anyway). So what? I've never done a... more
    • Hmmm...I remember that movie!Truthteller, Tue Apr 19 12:15
      "Armageddon" that is. ;) Or was it "Star Trek 2?" LOL Guess I would do what Bruce Willis and Spock did...the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.
    • No thank you.OldCM, Mon Apr 18 15:14
      Interesting questions. But I would not give up my own life to "save the world". Why? I don't have but one person in the world that I really care about, or that cares about me. I would let him... more
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