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Could you take a life?

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#1    Sean93

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Simple question, could you take a life?

I think I could if it was necessary and if the person in question wasn't the nicest of people ( Totalitarian Dictator, Warlord,  Corrupt Politician etc).

This question often brings peoples' own morals into play (which is what makes it Interesting to me) , and in many cases, their religious faiths too. Some say they could for the greater good; others say they cannot because only god has authority over life (I know some religions condone killing in certain situations).

I'll give you a situation:

You're in a room with a man/Woman who'll kill millions of people when he/she leaves the room. You have one chance to kill this person then and there and no one will ever find out (police) etc. Do you do it? For me the answer is yes, I could if I felt strongly about it.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

Karmically speaking ,its not our place to punnish sociopathic dictators . It just isn't .That's for the universe to work out ,however,if my life,or the life of a loved one ,was ever threatened ,game over .
My house has been broken into ,three times over the 40 years my parents ,and then I,lived here .
If someone is in my home,reasons unknown ,whack with the machete,ask questions later .
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:22 PM

If I kill them I am no better.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

If someone was on a murdering spree like Sandy Hook, going to kill a member of my family or my own life was in danger, yes.  It would not put me on their level because I wouldn't try to murder someone.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

yes i could

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

View PostSean93, on 11 January 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

Simple question, could you take a life?

I think I could if it was necessary and if the person in question wasn't the nicest of people ( Totalitarian Dictator, Warlord,  Corrupt Politician etc).

This question often brings peoples' own morals into play (which is what makes it Interesting to me) , and in many cases, their religious faiths too. Some say they could for the greater good; others say they cannot because only god has authority over life (I know some religions condone killing in certain situations).

I'll give you a situation:

You're in a room with a man/Woman who'll kill millions of people when he/she leaves the room. You have one chance to kill this person then and there and no one will ever find out (police) etc. Do you do it? For me the answer is yes, I could if I felt strongly about it.

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As far as I'm aware, Morals are Imposed, Ethics are projected. (I think this is an important distinction.)

Anyway, would I?
The situation you've given isn't enough for me. But I can think of plenty of situations where I would kill a person without hessitation so long as the criteria met my Ethics..


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

Hard question.


I could never take an innocent life, ever. I also don't feel like it's my right to take another life.


However to save an innocent life I would kill if it was the last resort.

The situation is difficult though, I mean I would knock the person out and tie them up, show their plans to someone of the law and get them locked away. But if thta wasn't an option and i knew innocent people would die, I wouldn't be able to not kill that person. However it would destroy me.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

I can think of several scenario's where I would likely kill:

- If an assailant has a clear intention of killing me or otherwise doing great harm to myself.

- If an intruder in my home is trying to abduct my children.

- If I happen to come across a rape victim being brutally attacked.

- If someone was clearly intending to set-off a weapon of mass distruction, and I was the only person capable of stopping him.

- If a maniac was shooting/stabbing, etc.. innocent people.

- If a police officer was in certain, grave danger from an arrest event.

- If an armed intruder(s) breaks into my home.

- If I am abducted at gunpoint anywhere, be it in my car, etc...

- There are many other scenario's


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

View Postpallidin, on 11 January 2013 - 06:17 PM, said:

I can think of several scenario's where I would likely kill:

- If an assailant has a clear intention of killing me or otherwise doing great harm to myself.

- If an intruder in my home is trying to abduct my children.

- If I happen to come across a rape victim being brutally attacked.

- If someone was clearly intending to set-off a weapon of mass distruction, and I was the only person capable of stopping him.

- If a maniac was shooting/stabbing, etc.. innocent people.

- If a police officer was in certain, grave danger from an arrest event.

- If an armed intruder(s) breaks into my home.

- If I am abducted at gunpoint anywhere, be it in my car, etc...

- There are many other scenario's

That's pretty much my list as well.

Although I wouldn't add the caveats of "armed" or "trying to abduct my children".  If they're in my home then they are a threat to me and my family - even if their intent is to only steal the toaster.  Because, frankly, I'm not in the business of judging intent in a situation like that.  You're in my home - you're a threat  Plain and simple.  Black and white.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

Yup.  To save my life or the life/lives of others.

Could I just wander out my door and shoot someone?  Nope.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

Yeah I could

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

View PostHerNibs, on 11 January 2013 - 06:23 PM, said:

Yup.  To save my life or the life/lives of others.

Could I just wander out my door and shoot someone?  Nope.

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This matches with my attitude.  I would not commit murder, whether random or for selfish gain.  However, if I could protect innocent life, I would be capable of making the decision to kill.  As a school teacher whose classroom is near an outside door, I have thought about that a lot.  My first choice would be to incapacitate.  But if necessary...yes.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:53 PM

I don't know.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Yep.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

Easier time taking a human life then killing an animal during a hunt. No illusion that all life is precious. Some people deserve death.

In that situation no. You don't kill people for something they didn't do yet. It's either during or after... not before.  Unless you could prove that the future was set in stone, I wouldn't kill him.






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