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Originally posted by cry93
reply to post by Iamonlyhuman
I only saw that OP accounted for his/her mental health. The other issues? Please point them out to me. Maybe I missed them.
It isn't the input at all. I'm just pointing out that there are many things we have to account for in having this conversation. A BSC individual asking this question versus having this discussion with a rational, mature person would required different approaches.
For instance, I would be greatly concerned if I had a dream that prompted me to murder another individual and my mental health is just fine. I would also tread lightly in having this broad discussion with another individual when I don't know their background and ability to process information in a realistic manner.
If you had advance absolute knowledge before Hitler rose to power, would you have killed him?
What if the whole thing is simply a test of a person's faith?
What if the completely wrong person was chosen for this particular "gift"?
but if he united many and prevented much more pain and suffering, maybe he was necessary?
Originally posted by karen61057
reply to post by Open2Truth
Woah, there bug a boo, you are interpreting this to be a nonfictional event. I do not think the OP was asking for advice on an actual situation. This is a brain teaser or moral excersise only. (I sure hope so anyway).
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by undo
Shoot one hostage, and the rest behave. How many lives were possibly saved by using overwhelming force up front? Hiroshima and Nagasaki were thought to have saved lived compared to prolonged ground battles.
Take a classroom of trouble makers, give an ultimatum, and the next one that steps out of line gets kicked out of the class. The next one is perhaps your best student, but it is important to follow through on your threat, so that decent student gets kicked out, and the other 30 begin to behave appropriately.
I'll post a short story by the name of "Necessary Evil" in the Short Story forum. It is perhaps my favorite story I have ever written.
Originally posted by intrptr
reply to post by Fractured.Facade
"Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future". Joda in The Empire Strikes Back.
The only choice is to not intervene but let future run its course. Star Trek had "Non Intervention Protocols" and broke them all the time. I think I might be worried that I was stopping Judgement Day in your scenario.
And would I go back and kill Hitler? That could not be. Because there are no reports in the newspapers back then of someone with my name assassinating him. So I know, that even if I could manage to travel back in time, I would ultimately be unsuccessful.
Do you read Stephen King by any chance? You do? Well let me shake your hand.