Courtney Landers

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The Unselfish Trolley Problem

I would throw the switch to divert the train from the track with five people to the track with just the one, then immediately lay down on the tracks next to the person I’m condemning to die and beg his forgiveness while I wait for the train to kill us both. I don’t have to live more than a moment with the distress murdering that man would cause me, and I might be able to provide him a moment of comfort knowing that he’s not dying alone. Save the five, ease the suffering of the one to whatever very minimal degree you are capable, and die knowing you deserve to be on the tracks with him if you are willing to condemn him.