Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tough questions, no easy answers

I once had a book titled, "The Book of Questions."  It was just pages of questions to start a conversation or provoke some thought.

Your house containing everything you own, catches fire; after saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be?
Wow... I guess it would be photo albums.  Nearly everything else is replaceable.

If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?
 Nope... what would be the point if you couldn't remember it later?

Then there are the lesser of two evils type questions:

If you could prevent either an earthquake in Peru that would kill 40,000 people, a crash at your local airport that would kill 200 people, or an automobile accident that would kill an acquaintance of yours, which would you choose?
As Spock from the Star Trek series would say, "the good of the many outweighs the good of the one." I'd have to choose saving 40,000 people from dying in an earthquake.

How about the tough questions, with a tougher addition?

Would you kill someone if there were no repercussions and their death would cure cancer (or some other disease)?  What if the person you had to kill was your mother?  One of your children?
As much as I would want to help society by ridding the world of cancer, I just couldn't bring myself to kill another person.

Tough questions, no easy answer... perhaps no real answers at all.

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