Day 29 – Moral Dilemma
Day 29: Moral Dilemma
What choices would your OC make when faced with each scenario in the Trolley Problem, as follows:
A: An out-of-control trolley is speeding down the tracks. Ahead, there are five people who are tied to the tracks. The trolley can’t stop. If it hits those five people, they will die. There is no action you can take EXCEPT that there is a lever nearby. If you pull the lever, the trolley will be redirected onto another track, where a single person is tied – and they will die instead.
Do you pull the lever?
B: As before, an out-of-control trolley is hurtling towards five trapped people. This time, you are standing on a bridge over the trolley tracks next to another person, who is oblivious to what is happening. If you push the other person, they will fall on the tracks and die, but their corpse will provide enough resistance to stop the trolley before it hits the other five people.
Do you push the other person?
How would the OC resolve these problems if unconstrained by the limits of either scenario?
A: Yes, she would pull the lever. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few – though she wouldn’t put it in these exact words. In such a scenary, she cannot win: someone will definitely die. In her eyes it is rather one person than five.
B: Bound to the exact scenario, she would probably push the other person (same explanation as above).
Both scenarios would become way more complicated if the one person she has to sacrifice to save five is someone she loves or likes. I’m myself unsure whether she’d be able to sacrifice, say, Zevran or her daughter, which would very much depend on the whole scenario (although I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t sacrifice them) – if unconstrained by the limits of the scenarios, she would however rather sacrifice herself than sacrifice someone without a choice or oblivious. In any case she would try to find a solution which hurts noone – obstructing the tracks with something that stops the trolley or have one of her mage friends freeze the trolley or levitate the trapped people out of harm’s way.
Depends. If she doesn’t know the people involved she would go with saving as many as possible, even if it means sacrificing a single person. If that person is someone dear to her she probably can’t. Especially if it is either Leliana or Fian.
In case of scenario B the same basically goes, only Aren would never push someone. If she is standing on a bridge with the person she is supposed to push she would rather jump herself.
But the scenarios are deliberately theoretical of course. In any real life situation she would find a way around it. By the use of blood magic or other extreme things if it came to it. She would not hesitate to make great personal sacrifices if that would mean she kept everyone else safe.