Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world?
You know, there’s that old Vulcan saying, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” Logic sort of dictates that I should be willing to trade one life to save the millions who are affected by hunger in the world. But I couldn’t just murder an innocent person in cold blood. Now, if it was a death row inmate? Well, that’s different. I probably wouldn’t have as much of an issue with pushing the button to activate the lethal injection if it meant ending world hunger. But that person has already been condemned by a jury of his or her peers.
Would you be able to pull the trigger?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.