Question of the Week #88

You, your closest friend, and your father are on vacation together, hiking in a remote jungle. Your two companions stumble into a nest of poisonous vipers and are bitten repeatedly. You know neither will live without an immediate shot of anti-venom, yet there is only a single dose of anti-venom and it is in your pocket. What would you do?

This is just a highly implausible situation. First of all, what the heck are we doing out in the jungle? If anti-venom is a possibility for our supply list, why would we only bring along one dose if there are three of us out there? Who planned this trip anyway? No, something about this just doesn’t add up at all. It sounds like a set up. No one gets the anti-venom. I think they’re both faking it. There are no snakes!

Besides, if my Dad is on this hiking trip, he’s doing so from beyond the grave. I’m pretty sure he’d be okay with the only vial of anti-venom going to the friend. That’s another thing, Dad was never much of an outdoors man, even at his healthiest. For that matter, neither am I. This would never happen to me for so many reasons. Question denied.

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.


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