Sometimes I have noticed in other people and even myself something strange. When you are given the same moral choice but in two very similar situation they won’t make the same decision. Let me show you.
Lets say aliens come to earth and they want to give humans a gift of new transport technology. This new technology will make traveling 30 times faster, but there is a catch…
In exchange for the technology they would like 1,000,000 human a year that will be killed for some unknown reason. Maybe the aliens want to use their brains to power a time machine. It doesn’t really matter for the story. Would you say YES or NO?
If you said NO and drive a car you have contradicted yourself. See we need cars to travel around 30 times faster than we can walk. But there was 1.2 million car related deaths last year. A lot of those death will be unavoidable because humans make mistakes. yes we could try to improved the system by this is this system you are agreeing to drive a car in now. Having fun yet?
OK so lets say that life on earth can’t work without cars and it would be really hard to change that. So we can say that because cars are important the deaths are a small price to pay.
If you agree with that last statement and are anti vaccine you have contradicted yourself worse than the first time. See vaccines prevent often horrible life threatening diseases unlike the car that just provides transportation. Even if we hold the non medical supported opinion that vaccines cause problems like autism these people are still not dyeing. Even if they were dying it’s a small price to pay right?
OK I have one more. Burglary or stealing items from someones home is a bad crime but as far as I know it doesn’t hold the death penalty. Yet in some countries and states if someone is in your house without your permission you can get away with killing them.
I noticed this when I was talking to my step dad. He’s kind of smart guy but he too passionate and close minded so even when he is wrong there is no way to change his mind. We were watching TV and there were some aggressive gangster like young people complaining that they were always getting stopped and searched by the police. I mentioned this in another post.
I said the my step dad that they can’t complain when they are clearly trying to make a statement about who they are with they way they dress and act. Then I said that if I was a police officer I would stop and them as well. My step dad’s face turned red. He went a little crazy at that and said that people should be able to dress the way they want. I agreed but said that you can dress how you like but people will judge you for it. My step dad again got annoyed at me and basically said I was being an ass. So I asked him, in a really cute but condescending way, why he wears a shirt and tie to work…. He just went quiet and didn’t speak to me for the rest of the day.
If I had just made that point before we started to argue he probably would have agreed with me. Ha people are crazy but I guess so am I.