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Trolley Problem vs Survival Lottery

We always love a moral quandary and Babylon gave us a good moral debate at least once.

Possibly only once though there are a few different problems that I have random ideas for blogs on coming up so look forward to that mess.

Starting off though in the penultimate episode it actually had a good debate over what is good and what is bad and came up with the argument of the Trolley Problem (save the many over the one in a accident) over Survival Lottery (save the many over the one on purpose.)

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Week 37 : Would you kill 10 people to save 1?

We’re back with the weekly question! We know it disappeared mid-September but we hope that this year we’ll be able to bring it back and keep it running all year long, we’ve kept what number week we were up to instead of restarting the count because we are interested to see how high we can get this up. Because we’re nerds I guess.

So this week is a question of morality. Would I kill 10 people to save just 1.

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Week 25 : Should we let people commit suicide when they are terminally ill?

Suicide is a very complicated issue that people don’t like to talk about. As healthy physical and mental people its hard to understand why anyone would want to kill themselves but when you are looking at the end of your life anyway is it right to blame someone for wanting to die in their own way?

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365 Challenge : Shipwrecked

Today we were told to look at the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley and answer whether we think it was defensible or whether we’d do it or not.

The story basically goes that they were shipwrecked and after one member of crew got ill from drinking seawater they killed him and ate him to survive.

You know I don’t know if I’d ever be able to eat someone, even if it was them or my life! I wouldn’t like to say whether in self defence I’d be able to kill someone but I really would never be able to kill someone just to eat them!

Then again I’ve never been hungry enough or lacking water enough to have to consider this! I guess why so many people can excuse them is that they know that in such severe conditions you’ll look for anyway to survive. It doesn’t have to be a nice way to do it it just needs to keep you alive. Until you’ve been in that position there is no point getting on a high horse because we all cherish our own lives and to be in a position like they were in you don’t know how you’d really act.

I just don’t think I’d ever be able to eat a person!

Probably the reason I can’t think of it is we’re conditioned not to think about it. Cannibalism is illegal (as obviously is murder) and you are taught from the youngest of age to respect every human life (whether you do or not is up to the individual of course and the people that don’t are for a different discussion!) so unlike the animals meat eaters eat on a daily basis we put humans on a platform above everything else so the thought of eating each other is ludicrous. When you think deeply about it though why would I be so against eating a human yet I happily eat animals? If a chicken was on board the shipwrecked ship I’d gladly eat it! So I guess one thing I haven’t thought about whilst writing this is WHY we think we’re any better then the other animals in the world? Because we have so deemed it? Morally it is wrong for them to have killed another human, a ill human who was possibly going to die regardless but it wasn’t wrong for them to drag a turtle on board and eat that? Why did mankind put ourselves above other creatures on this earth anyway?

To be quite honest though I think if offered a human hand to eat or a cup of my own urine I’d pick the hand! Even if it was my own hand!

What I have learnt from this particular challenge is seemingly that I would be the first to be killed and eaten, therefore if I am ever shipwrecked and it comes to the killing someone to eat them and survive stage I will willingly sacrifice myself as the weakest member of the crew.

I don’t think I could do it. I think I’d probably die a long time before that though as I’d never be able to drink pee.

Then again my life has never been in that position so who knows what I’d do to survive!

Diary #5 : The Old Me

As you all know I’ve been doing a Daily Doodle since the beginning of January, I’ve also obviously decided to take my time and think about my work instead of having the lazy ass “anything will do” approach that has haunted me for the last few years.

I love scrolling through arty stuff on Tumblr. Whether its graphics, digital drawings, scribbles, hand drawn/painted stuff and everything else. I love scrolling through all the fan fiction blogs, the prompt and Imagine blogs as well as just random pieces of poetry, sayings and all sorts. I love seeing other people being creative…

For the first time in ages though it kind of made me miss the old me.

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Diary #4 : Should we share?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I write on here about my depression and anxiety all the time, its even in some of my non-personal blogs. I’m not afraid to speak about how I feel and one of the biggest problems my conditions all joined together leaves me with is a obsessive personality.

Now I’ve started to wonder, with some of the people viewing the blog and leaving messages being from my own city and that I could possibly meet at any point whether its a good idea to actually open myself up so much.

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