torcant wrote:Suppose that someone is about to shoot the last specimen of an animal species that's on the verge of extinction and the only way to stop this guy is to kill him.
Would you be justified killing the kid even though he has his whole life in front of him and is unaware the danger he is putting the other person, or do you let him continue to play and see if he puts the gun down first.
ChristOnIce wrote:You are basing your scenario on the notion that misanthropy increases likelihood of malevolence in an effort to demonstrate that misanthropy increases likelihood of malevolence. Your argument is perfectly circular.
Do I value humans more than the entire Earth? Absolutely
i'm not making a statement about misanthropy (in the second scenario i suggested that those who didn't value life would be less likely to push the button). i'm suggesting that putting a value on all human life is not equivilant to putting value on a specific persons life in terms of whether or not they are likely to kill someone else.
i'm not trying to demonstrate anything. i'm putting forth a scenario, and giving my opinion on what i think the results would be. by all means, feel free to disagree, and let me know why.
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