Yes I love being a moral mad scientist and the one thing I have to do on a daily basis is poke and prod other people to think about morality in a different way. Until recent, my writings on culture haven’t really approached the tough questions because, well, a lot of it is provocative (as you’ll see). However, I’m taking a leap of faith and hoping that I don’t lose any of you lovely followers because of the uncomfortable nature of some of these topics especially this one, oh yeah, and the fact that I am about to prove that you are all horrible people. Let’s get started shall we:
So, We have this argument where participants imagine they are walking passed a shallow pond. Okay, imagining that? Great! Now so you’re passing by this pond enjoying the brand new shirt that you just bought from [INSERT FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING HERE] and thinking about how amazing you look. Maybe you’ll say hey to that beautiful receptionist who always smiles at you. Your thoughts trail off and you pull out your cell phone to check the time and – HOLY SHIT THERE IS A DROWNING KID DO SOMETHING NO HE’S GOING TO DIE BUT DAMN THAT MEANS YOUR NEW SHIRT WILL BE RUINED AW MAN WHAT DO I DO WHAT DO I DO NOBODY ELSE IS AROUND.
So.. The question is.. Do you wade out into the pond to save the kid, even though you’ll get your new clothes dirty and wet and possibly have to go home and change before work? Of course you do. It’s unanimous. But here’s the fun part, well one of the fun parts: Do you have an obligation to save the child? And this is where some people disagree but mostly the consensus is that the most participants in the situation say that you SHOULD save the child.
So, the next part of the scenario is you coming home from work and getting another annoying letter from the RED CROSS. For the price of a new CD, or the price of a cheap shirt, hell – the price of that coffee from starbucks could feed fifteen African school kids for a month. But more often than not you throw the letter away as junk mail, without a further thought about it. WHY? When asked, many people don’t even believe that it should be obligatory to donate to the starving African children. So, the question is this. Why is it repugnant to let the one child drown yet it is perfectly okay to let fifteen foreign children die? You can marinate on the fact that you are a horrible human being, it’s okay.