On a typical Sunday (when there isn’t a global pandemic), 10,000 people visit the Louvre in Paris. If a wicked sorcerer threatened to vaporize all the museum’s visitors or all of its art, sparing one or the other based on your plea, which would you save? Assume the sorcerer will obliterate both the people and the art if you don’t choose.
Look, there are definitely times when I’m not a fan of people. But if Lord Voldemort is giving me the choice between the destruction of priceless works of art or the deaths of thousands of people, I’m gonna save the people every time.
So we lose the Mona Lisa. What if one of those 10,000 people is the next Da Vinci?
What do you do in this situation? Save the people or save the art? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.