Thursday, April 15, 2010

Moral Dilemas pt.1

So now that I'm no longer a student, it's time to put all that hard work to work. Anyway, I'm starting a series on moral dilemas that I found in Listverse. Hoping for some good conversation.

so, onward

10. Concentration Camp
You are an inmate in a concentration camp. A sadistic guard is about to hang your son who tried to escape and wants you to pull the chair from underneath him. He says that if you don’t he will not only kill your son but some other innocent inmate as well. You don’t have any doubt that he means what he says. What should you do?


  1. This is the simplest moral dilema, but is clouded by human emotion- I would pull the chair from beneath my son, knowing that two would die in the place of one if I don't. At least, I think I would. Realistically I would be sobbing and trying to figure out how to kill the guard, regardless of whether I survive or not.

  2. I would rather two deaths be on the guard then one death be on me. I would not kill my own son.