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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 2:06 am    Post subject: Who would you save? Reply with quote

i just got asked a really tough question by a friend..

if you, your spouse, and your child were on a canoe, and it flipped over.. and only you knew how to swim and were able to save only one other person ...

which one would you save? your spouse or your child?

and NO SMART-ASS ANSWERS. you have to pick one or the other.





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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Is it on the ship?"

"You mean my baby?"

Which rather begs the question about Ripley's position in this moral quandry - should she save 'the kid'?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this reminds me of family guy

peter"ok brian. a crazy hobo takes a mother and her two children hostage and says that only one of here chiildren can live. which one does she choose"
brian"peter, thats not funny thats just sick"
peter"wrong, the ugly one!"
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meijin:
Engage in your intellectual masturbation elsewhere. You typed so much, and yet you still did not answer the question.
Great use of sources, though! [/sarcasm]

Just for the record, I am not some anti-intellectual. I have no problems with a longer-than-average treatise or diatribe, so long as they address or critcize the issue properly. That was just a case of "let me write every little thing which vaguely relates to the issue at hand."

Oh, lest I also be guilty of the crime of not answering the question, I would have to go with the child.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meijin wrote:
Aristotle is by no means my favourite philosopher so I wouldn't take his opinion on the matter for gospel (in fact don't because he lived 400 years before xtianity and the said gospels (gospellers).


Just to be anal, remember that Aristotle is the ancient philosopher that was used for a great deal of Christian logic (e.g., Thomas Aquinas is sometimes said to have Christianized the writings of Aristotle). This isn't to say that others, such as Plato, weren't, but it's mostly Aristotle. Wink


But anyways, an answer. My initial reaction is, "If they're going down, I'm going with them." That isn't an option here. So I would save my child.

Smart ass reasons, because I can't resisit: More insurance money on spouse. Child is considerably smaller and more compact than spouse. Great source of guilt for use during child's development.
Reason to save spouse: Need some more damned quiet in the house; children are loud. Can always have more kids; what's the loss of one?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The question is pretty lame seeing in real life the person (or me w/e) would try to save them all by swimming as fast as I can and good lord if my children dont know how to swim I will be REALLY dissapointed.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, just ignore the details then, metal. This is simply a test. If you want, you can change it so that somebody will shoot either your spouse or your child, or something along those lines.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spouse as i wont ever have children.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes maybe there are as many answers as readers...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaster wrote:
Ah, just ignore the details then, metal. This is simply a test. If you want, you can change it so that somebody will shoot either your spouse or your child, or something along those lines.


Push my wife away and shield my child?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry, Meijin, but I tire rather quickly of those who type much and say little. If you are going to avoid the question, you can at least have the common decency to do it in an amusing fashion.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metal_Pred wrote:
Blaster wrote:
Ah, just ignore the details then, metal. This is simply a test. If you want, you can change it so that somebody will shoot either your spouse or your child, or something along those lines.


Push my wife away and shield my child?

D'oh, nm. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, i personally could flip the canoe over and pull my spouse (if shes not a 400 pound nightmare wife) and my child (same) onboard all within 20 seconds.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, smartass answer: I wouldn't save either of them... my little scheme to get rid of both of them has worked... mwuhahaha... MWUHAHAHAHAHAHAhum... Twisted Evil

Ok, probably my real answer: save my spouse and die trying to reach the kid, so I won't have to spend my entire life feeling guilty about not being able to save the other...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well as the only one so far that has one of either, not to mention one of both, I'd have to say Spouse, because I think it'd be harder to find a way to go on without her.

But THANKS for making me go through that in my head, Khushi! You're the best!! <3
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, this is the feel-good thread of the season. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bernieh wrote:
Well as the only one so far that has one of either, not to mention one of both, I'd have to say Spouse, because I think it'd be harder to find a way to go on without her.

But THANKS for making me go through that in my head, Khushi! You're the best!! <3


that was pretty much the same response my dad gave me.. especially the last sentence.

you are very welcome! Razz

but God forbid anyone goes through that situation.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I already replied to this, but I guess not. Well, I'd probably have to go with the child. I know I have neither a spouse nor a child, but if my girlfriend were to have a kid, she would never forgive herself for not being able to save our child. So, if I saved her, she would be miserable all the time. It's a tough choice. I wouldn't want to live without a spouse, but I wouldn't want to save her just because I'd miss her. I'd want to do what she'd want me to do, and I think that'd be to save the child. Who knows? haha
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Isaac's post is the most serious one here.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: Who would you save? Reply with quote

Khushi wrote:
i just got asked a really tough question by a friend..

if you, your spouse, and your child were on a canoe, and it flipped over.. and only you knew how to swim and were able to save only one other person ...

which one would you save? your spouse or your child?

and NO SMART-ASS ANSWERS. you have to pick one or the other.





yes, i like thought-provoking questions not asked in classes. kthnxbye.



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huh?
Does that mean you're dating a robot?
There aren't enough naked cyborgs on this forum, so post a picture.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about "no smartass answers" is so hard to understand?

Bernie, get the ban stick ready.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaster wrote:
Bernie, get the ban stick ready.


Doesn't he have the same keyboard as you, Blaster? Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serious answer: I would save the child since he has all his life ahead of him while my spouse would have a already spent part of her life. On another note one of the main purposses of life is to perpetuate it's self and pass on it's genes and thus the child would be again the firs choice.

Smart-ass answer: Since I Telveryon Redralusissur (the hole name of my uberchar) I can just summon a red dragon and have him save both or eat them both depending on witch action brings me the most profit.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm not married, i don't even have a girlfriend, and i sure as hell don't have kids, but i know the answer to this one, i'd save the kid. even though i don't have kids i get the feeling that my maternal instint would kick in hardcore.. judging by how i treat pets (kitties).
unless, i hated the child. i don't know how that would happen, and i don't think that it would, but i'm not going to pretend that i can predict the future here.
and it would also take a long time for me to give up on my spouse.. i'd definately try to save both until it became painfully obvious that it wasn't going to happen. sad times.
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