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originally posted by: CynConcepts
Read through all of the posts at this point and am amazed at the parents who would rather just die with all 3 children! As parents, you are in a leadership role. I have 3 daughters. I had made the choice to do whatever I can to assure my children live full lives and to the fullest. In such a dire situation...I would definitely save 2 of my children. Survivors guilt will not be an issue, since I will still have a lifetime of watching my other 2 children blossom and live full lives! Plus, logically, I would assume my family would go through a normal grieving process as any one does with a loved one dying. This in time passes and you continue on, with a renewed sense of the gift of living. Which child gets left behind??? All depends on the exact circumstances of endangerment and accessibility. Different scenarios, different results. It is insane and seems so callous to me at the thought of just sitting there to die with all of my children if I could save 2 of them! Why create such a tragedy of death for your surviving friends, family, and community? How more rewarding for everyone to celebrate lives saved? Naturally, I would want to save them all...but that is not an option in this scenario!
Edit add: I would hope that if someone else was with my children, they would save at least two of them! All children are precious even if they are not your own. I, also, would think that any parent would be quite happy if I saved 2 of their 3 children, instead of just sitting down with them so they don't die alone!?!
originally posted by: Shana91aus
I have 3 children, and there is no way i could leave one behind to save the other 2, i would rather us all go together, that may sound selfish because i know if i left one i could be sparing 2 of my childrens lives, but i couldnt live with myself after abandoning one of my children and leaving them to such a horrible death. In reality i would probably just run like crazy with all 3, the thought of leaving one behind to save the other 2 honestly probably wouldnt even cross my mind anyway. Man what a horrible situation that would be to have to decide that, its sad because people actually do have to make these decisions every day in some parts of the world it seems so cruel..
originally posted by: AfterInfinity
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: ArtemisE
Taking all 3 is not an option.... Hence the disclaimer in the OP
I need to know WHY it is not an option. That's how I problem-solve. Women with children do not simply "give up" unless they've examined all the possibilities.
"Women"? Please. Give the guys some credit here.
originally posted by: ArtemisE
You do realize that it wasn't an option lol. The OP isn't " how can you carry 3 kids down a volcano". It's could you leave one child to die to save the other 2?
If you couldn't, just say I couldn't, and all your kids die.
I bet like 2/3rds of responders ignored the question and tried to figure out the best way to carry 3 kids.
originally posted by: Teye22
I just have 1 question for anyone who would choose to leave a child behind how would you be able to pick which one to "sacrifice" and still be able to to look at the other 2 in the eyes after?!?! I didnt read all the posts, but NO parent that TRULY love their children equaly and unconditionally could EVER leave a child to die on their own
originally posted by: Dark Ghost
Many in this thread have failed to take the advice of the author in the opening post: don't overthink the circumstances of the scenario, rather consider what decision you would make if the situation were to occur.
The purpose of asking the reader to place themselves in the scenario is not for problem-solving reasons, but rather for them to question their own conscience and sense of morality.
originally posted by: brandiwine14
Anyone who would leave one child over the other is undeserving of the title "mom"
originally posted by: ArtemisE
If it some one else's kids I think they always take 2. It's the fact that (mostly mothers) consider the family unit as one big entity. Kinda ignoring the lives the 2 surviving kids would have had.
I guess this does have parallels in reguardless to women in the military.