Friday, November 14, 2008

A short conversation about moral dilemmas

"What if Dierdre and I were dangling over the edge of a cliff and you were hanging on to her with one hand and me with the other, but you only had enough strength to pull one of us to safety. Who would you let go?"

"I'd let you go."

"Just like that? You don't even need a second to think about it?"

"You're much heavier than she is. There's no way I could pull you up the side of a cliff. Sorry, but logically it's the only answer that makes sense."

"It's not a question of logic, it's a moral dilemma."

"Dierdre worked really hard this summer to lose all that extra weight. I don't think it's all that moral of you to not give her due credit for that."

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