I've been curious about whether changing the precision of the question and the possible replies to the Trolley Dilemma will get you different answers. I saw a version of it recently in the webtoon The Boxer (a better version, in fact), and that got me thinking. So here we go:
You wake up in the middle of a long trip in a trolley to find yourself alone in the car. Everyone else, including the conductor, jumped off when they realised the brakes had stopped working, but now the trolley is moving too fast downhill for you to jump off. You notice a junction ahead: downstream of it, four unknown people are tied to the current track. If you change tracks at the junction, instead of killing them, the trolley will kill just one unknown person tied to the other track downstream. What do you do?
i. Minimising human loss increases general happiness, so I change tracks and kill just one.
ii. I choose not to commit second-degree murder and leave the four to their fate under the trolley. Not my fault.
iii. Reasoning that it's just a chance event that I even woke up before passing the junction anyway, I toss a coin so I don't have to decide.
iv. This question is too artificial to have a bearing on real-world ethics, so either choice is valid and I'll do whatever I feel like doing on the spur of the moment.
Last edited by Dreverhaven at 5:32 pm, Aug 22 2021
The way the poll is formulated implies you know what happened? If you're keeping the original meaning of of the question, are you assuming the horrendous (henious?) crime has already been judged and sentenced to death for it? or is it still being judged (some countries don't even have death sentences).
Lately the discussions in the comments section has made me reeeeaaaally not want to interact with anyone here, so instead of just complaining about that, here's one that I want to see how people explain themselves
The answer to this poll is No -Yes -No
Or for one with probably more substantial discussion When playing a game with customization, how do you customize your character? -Default Character or like the "canon" character if there is one -Like yourself -How you wish you would look like -Whatever looks good or fits your aesthetic -An existing or original character -Randomize! -Depends on the game -What customization?
1. Would you rather be rejected without really trying your best, so you have less emotional investment and can easily move on, but may never get a clear answer on the what ifs or 2. Would you rather be rejected after putting your best self forward, so you have no regrets and get a sense of relief, but feel hurt more deeply and may not fully recover?
Always 1 1 in personal relationships, 2 in societal relationships 2 in personal relationships, 1 in societal relationships Always 2
societal rejection would mean like a job telling you you're not capable enough, or the media telling you you're ugly, or the adults saying your aspirations are stupid, or generally being prejudiced against. leaving it up to you to reword/shorten the question haha