a choice

@rbailey83 (1400)
Canada
August 18, 2008 11:40am CST
if you had to make a choice to take your own life or that of a young teenage criminal's life, whom you weren't fully sure was guilty of the crime, which would you choose and why? i think i would choose my own life, i don't think i could live knowing that i took the life of another, especially a young life, even though they could possibly be a criminal
3 responses
• India
18 Aug 08
hi To be honest, in such a case i'll take few minitues off, close my eyes and think following things: 1. If i kill myself now, my family will be ruined. 2. I may die right now naturally, then I wouldn't get a chance to think over my family. 3. If i agree to kill the teenager how will that affect me? After considering these points i'll go and kill the teenager. because 1. I know I'm not a criminal, and so not harmful to the society and I have to be responsible to my family as well. 2. I don't know that the teenager isn't a criminal or there is no surity that he won't be so in the future. If he becomes a criminal, then my action will be held responsible. Further since he is teenager, he isn't responsible to maiantain a family. 3. So I'll kill him and won't repent because i have come tothe conclusion that I have eradicated not a teenager but a possibility which may affect society in future at the cost of proven non criminal (myself).
@rbailey83 (1400)
• Canada
18 Aug 08
very well thought out, i definately like the way you worded that and the thought process there, and i can definately see where you are coming from, especially taking into consideration your family and what you don't know about the teenager. well posted!
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I would not take my own life, I have a family to take care of and that is the utmost importance to me. It might sound selfish, but I want to see my babygirl grow up, and see her daddy walk her down the aisle. Obviously its survival first, and saving second, unless its the life of my daughter or my fiance. I would defiantly lay down on my life for either of them without thought.
@rbailey83 (1400)
• Canada
18 Aug 08
not selfish at all, it changes things completely when you have a family, so much more to think about especially when you have children
• United States
18 Aug 08
I could never make a concious decision that would result in orphaning my children. I wouldn't want to kill either, but if it was a matter of survival, I would probably take the teenager's life...but I would probably never be able to forgive myself, either - unless said person was threatening me and that's why I killed him. If he was putting me in mortal danger through his actions, I wouldn't feel so bad about taking him out. This reminds me of all that stuff in The Dark Knight - sad, having to choose when the potential victims aren't threatening each other.
@rbailey83 (1400)
• Canada
18 Aug 08
i think that when there is no threats, it would be one of the hardes decisions to make, how do you live with yourself if you take their life? yet how do you take your own, especially when you have kids? definately not a choice i would want to make for real