Thursday, October 27, 2005

A Few Ponderings On Death...

Would you kill a total stranger for 15 million dollars?
One of my friends answered 'yes' to this. What do you think?

Likewise, would you die for someone you did know if it meant saving their life?


At October 27, 2005 9:51 PM, Blogger Andy said...

A. Don't even have to think about it, no way!
B. Sadly I probably would have to think about it a lot depending on who it is. Family, and my closest friends I would in a heartbeat but for anyone else I'm not exactly sure. I really want to believe that I would though...

At October 28, 2005 1:27 PM, Blogger Mike said...

A. no, never, not even for a billion dollars.

B. On an intellectual level I am willing to give my life for anyone, but I know that as soon as the time comes it would be very hard to do.

As a Catholic I understand that we are called to Love everyone, and Love is nothing without sacrifice, true love is shown through this very act were talking about.


At October 28, 2005 3:40 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Exactly, which is why I asked, because the friend who answered in the opposite way is supposedly very ardently Catholic, in fact, she is studying to be a youth minister. It I'm absolutely appalled to hear that there are people who would allow treasures of this world to compensate for the loss of the next, which would likely follow such a murder. True love is so precious and incredibly beautiful, and thinking about it, I know that there are many who I'd honestly step in front of a bullet for. I thank God that I've never had to though, it would certainly be sancitfying, but terrifying as well!

At October 28, 2005 10:27 PM, Blogger Nathaniel said...

Now I'm not a diehard Catholic or anything, but here's what I would do.

A. I wouldn't kill anyone for any amount of money except for: In self-defense (I would do that for free, actually), if the person were a manical terrorist genocidal idiot (ala Hitler, Hussein, Bin Laden, serial killers etc: where killing them would ultimately save the lives of innocent people who would otherwise be their victims)(This I would also do for free). One other possible scenario is for the purpose of euthanasia, but I don't know if I would do that, I'm not sure.

Either way money wouldn't really have a bearing on it. More of a moral decision.

B. In terms of self-sacrifice, it honestly depends on who it is for me to make the decision. If it's some asshole who does nothing but cause trouble, then they can die. If it's someone I care about, then I'll go die.

If it's someone else, then I would really have to look at their situation or something. Like do they make a reasonable contribution to society? Do they love others and live selflessly? Are they old? Am I young? Other questions like that, I guess would have to be asked to make a decision as important as that one.


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