As we start to wrestle with some philosophical dilemmas, I want to introduce one that will allow us to begin a conversation about one often used. It’s the Trolley Problem and I’d like you to reason in a 2-3 paragraphs your choice and why you pick that choice. And if you need a visual element of this, you can check out “The Good Place” which has it’s literal interpretation in the video below.
There is a trolley coming down the tracks and ahead, there are five people tied to the tracks who are unable to move. The trolley will continue coming and will kill the five people. There is nothing you can do to rescue the five people except that there is a lever.
If you pull the lever, the train will be directed to another track, which has only one person tied to it. You have two choices:
- Do nothing and the five people will die
- Pull the lever and save the five people, but let one person die.
What do you do?