Would you take somebody else's life? In self defense of course.

@cristi12 (378)
Romania
February 25, 2008 4:04am CST
This has been an ongoing debate between me and a friend of mine. He says he would sacrifice another life to save his own. I guess he was thinking if of a situation where he was life threatened. But let's say, you're in your car, driving, and suddenly a kid steps in your lane off the sidewalk. You're doing about 60 km/h, and on the opposite lane there's a truck. What do you do, do you swerve, risking your life, facing death, or at least serious injuries? I guess I would. Thankfully, I didn't have to avoid anything but dogs untill now, but if the situation arose, I'd risk my life, rather than have the kid on my conscience.
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@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
25 Feb 08
I know driving involves risks, if a kid came to my lane and am faced with a situation of either crushing the kid or crushing myself against the a stationery truck, I would rather crush the truck, chances are that I may not die-for whatever reason, I hate to be listed as someone who ever took away a life, moreover a young life so rich of promise!
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
Yeah imagine living with that sort of guild... even If I wouldn't go to jail I'd still be messed up.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
So sorry to hear about that... still, noble gesture what he did.
@the_ruler (1446)
• Turkey
25 Feb 08
I don't think it is about thinking. Because in such a situation you woN't be able to think, but act with your reflexes. My reflexes would work depending on which one I see first. If i see the child first then I would certainly change my direction, maybe towards a truck but if I see the truck in front of me, I might change my direction towards the child but I would do my best to avoid hitting him or her.
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
Yeah I guess it does have a lot to do with reflexes...
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
25 Feb 08
In a situation like what you mentioned (driving) I would most certainly swerve! Theres no way in hell I could run over a kid (or anyone) if there are other options ya know...if there werent really other options (let say there ISNT anywhere to swerve to) I'd either slam on my brakes and crash into something else at least..bottomline is, I'd try to avoid NOT hitting that person at all costs.. As for taking a life though..damn skippy I could! Prime example, someone threatens the safety, lives of my kids like in a break in for instance...I'd kill them without a second thought...If MY LIFE is in danger at the hands of some loonie...I'd kill them and not so much as bat an eye....
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
I guess I'm biased to, as to how I would react in the 2 different situations... allthough I'm saing I would take a man's life in self defence, I don't know If I'd have the guts to actually go through with it :))
@zhetto (163)
• Australia
25 Feb 08
This is an interesting situation. I would not hit the child for the simple reason that this is only just a new life that has not experienced much. Where i have at least live to see 35 so i have several years on the child. I would not, however swerve into the middle of the road for the truck to hit me. this would just casue a situation where instead of just one life, there could be three. me the truck and the child dtill could get hit by debri. The only real safe thing to do is to 1 hope the kid gets out of the rode or 2 head for the footpath and hope the kid stays where he is. This would all have to be done in a matter of seconds.
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@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
I gave the kid jaywalking as an example because I remembered that when I was in grade school, on a school trip, my teacher grabbed me just as I was about to stroll in front of a speeding car. I wonder what would the driver do If i'd stepped in front of him, lol!
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
25 Feb 08
I belong to priestly community and we have a family tree history for 400+ years and there is not a single incidence of a quarrel and killing anyone. There could be a stray incidence of one of our community man might have been killed (murdered for gain), but never the community of Brahmin (Priestly class) indulge in violent act. The modern boys and girls of this generation born in the community too are peace loving people.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
Hmm, that's nice. Sadly not every community is so peacefull.
@m105508 (59)
• India
25 Feb 08
I would risk my life to save the kid instead of mine. And while crashing i would find the best possible way to avoid a serious accident. i would rather try to jump out or try to slower my speed.
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
That's very altruistic.
@chris1314 (787)
25 Feb 08
I think that in this situation i would save my own life, obv you initially try and swerve or aviod this to the best possible measure. I dont drive so i wouldnt know, but in any situation, if its not my fault and its either my life (Or serious injury to me) or their life (Because they caused it) i wouls save mine :/ i know that sounds a bit self centered, but i would :/ Chris
@cristi12 (378)
• Romania
25 Feb 08
Don't worry, nobody's judging. It's perfectly normal to try to preserve one's own life, if you act past your own reflexes that is.
@Gesusdid (1683)
• United States
25 Feb 08
well i think i would take someone elses life instead of my own , like a robbery if the person robbing my house than i have to take them out before me , i would like to live too, as for the car situation that sucks , if i avioed the child and hit the truck and lived to tell about it , i would get that same child to help me get to better health or vist me everyday in the hospital ..that seems fair doesnt it ?