Would you push the button?
November 22, 2006 11:51pm CST
Ok, here's an extremely hypothetical situation but it's one I'm very interested in seeing the reaction to. You are in a unique situation of power over another individual. A man (or woman if you like) has Alzheimers Disease and is in a coma. He/she lives in let's say South America somewhere, a long way away from Australia. This person has no immediate family members still living, no children or grandchildren, and no close friends. Suppose you were guaranteed one million dollars to simply push a button that would take this person's life. Suppose you were granted immunity from any prosecution. Suppose that this person had not given their consent to having their life ended, and was rated a good chance of coming out of the coma. Suppose no one in Australia would know if you had pushed this button. What would you do? Would you push the button? Would you take this person's life?