posted on Aug, 26 2010 @ 10:20 AM
Nothing wrong with asking these types of questions, this isn't a Satanic plan out of "hell", as someone said already. Sheesh.
Hypothetical questions involving ethics can help us understand ourselves. The old classic was the game of "roulette", played with a revolver, with
a single bullet.
The "roulette" question could go something like this: If you were going to be given a million bucks, would you put the gun to your head and squeeze
the trigger? With a six-shooter, you would have a 5 out of 6 chance of just walking away with your million bucks.
Usually, the person says "No way!" But, it gets more interesting, depending upon who is answering the question. Ask a bum in the gutter, or the
drug addict, etc., and some may jump at the chance.
Then, the question is "tweeked", and a person is asked, "what if" this theoretical "gun" had 100 chambers, and just one bullet? Would you go
for it now? Interestingly, the lower the probability, the more will sign up for the million.
In thinking about it more, it's not actually unlike much of what we take for granted each day. There are "probabilities" in riding a train, or a
bus, or a plane. Maybe there isn't a million bucks, but what if there is a "thrill" involved?
How about the skydiver who learns that one out of every 35,000 jumps results in death? Are they "immoral" for indulging in their passion, for
essentially putting a "price" on that "thrill"??
There was a movie out not so long ago, about a box, with a button, etc. Surprised no one has mentioned it. But, my point is, these "thought
experiments" are entirely legit, and I would hope people can give the OP a bit of slack, and at least be open to where these considerations can
OK, so on a more "positive" note, treating of the specific question, perhaps one could imagine an advanced alien race, that could make such an
We could further imagine that the offer itself, was but a "test", of our ethics. Would human ethics, be as advanced as their ethics? In other
words, they only made this offer to see how we would respond.
We could imagine their response in each case:
We agree to their plan, as proposed. They respond by wiping us off the planet. They have tested us, and we failed. They have "proved" that we are
not worthy to continue living, since we have shown so little regard for our own.
We refuse their plan. We demonstrate that as a species, we have noble inclinations, in spite of all appearances to the contrary. We therefore
"pass" their test, and we are given the free power anyway, and then some, as we're welcomed into a greater "galactic" community.
S & F to OP from me. Nothing wrong with thinking about things folks!