Monday, April 26, 2010

Moral Dilemas Special

So, I know, I promised ten, but I've been so encouraged by some of the responses that I had to include one of my own.

11. Worth

You're hanging out in a field in the middle of nowhere, you know, getting some alone time. Suddenly a man comes out of the woods into the clearing you're standing in. With him is a horse and another man, bound and gagged. He walks up to you and hands you a weapon. He tells you: "You must either shoot this man (whom you've never met nor seen) or shoot this horse (same). Whichever of the two you spare I will set free and release. If you refuse I will kill all three of you.

1) he's telling the truth, he'll release the survivor.
2) you can't kill the man making the offer.

What do you do, and why?



  1. what kinda weapon is it? The Logical solution would be to shoot the horse. But, just to be difficult, I would shoot the man in the arm. A horse is useless if shot. A man can heal and still have functionality. You never said we had to kill either of them. Also, is injuring the man who offered possible? :)

  2. I don't get it... Am I friends with the horse or something? Why am I debating between the horse and the human?

  3. You have never seen either the horse nor the guy. and yes, have to kill one...