You have to kill someone. It can be the person you hate the most, a friend, a family member, anyone, and you have to do it with a simple pocket knife. If you do this task, you will never be uncovered by the police, you will receive $100,000 monthly along with whatever you want (a mansion, cars, etc.), and you will get one free wish (Something money could not buy). However, could you bring yourself to kill another person, even for the prize?
- I would do itVote A
- I wouldn't do itVote B
- Other/See resultsVote C
Sorry if this question is bad, just wanting to see what people would do
Most Helpful Guy
So your question basically is: "Would you threw your whole moral code in the wind and sell your soul for a good stack of cash?"
An interesting thought experiment.
I want to believe I am a good-natured and kind person, just like almost any other human being wants to believe that. I want to think of myself as somebody incorruptible who sticks to his ethical value, can tell right from wrong and wouldn't do anything to hurt anyone (especially not anyone innocent).
However, the inconvenient truth is: I would. In fact, I strongly believe that ANYONE of us would, regardless of what they claim. It might sound strange or exaggerated at first but I strongly believe that almost anyone without exception is capable of killing innocent people for no good reason. What matters are the circumstances.
See, christianity and other religions want to make us believe that there are "good" and "bad" people. We are the "good" ones, while, say, a pedophile belongs to the "badies". The truth, however, is that there are no universally good or bad people. It's a very comforting idea because we can just think of ourselves as great people and we always have somebody to blame, it's a very black-and-white view of the world - which is exactly why it has NOTHING to do with reality. The truth is that anyone of us can be incredibly good as well as incredibly bad, it all depends on the circumstances. This has been proven in numerous psychological researches. One great example is the Milgram-experiment. Professor Stanley Milgram was interested why the members of the SS and the Gestapo had done the terrible atrocities that they've done during world war two and the holocaust. I study history myself and I frequently experience that laymen these days dismiss the Nazis as a bunch of psychopaths. This is not true though. The young men who tortured and killed thousands of jews in the concentration camps didn't start working there as violent lunatics. It's also not true that they didn't care. Most of them started off as kind, good-hearted, completely normal men who struggled with the idea of killing someone.
One of the reasons they committed their atrocities anyways (as Prof. Milgram found out in his study) was the fact that they could abdicated from their moral responsibility. After the war, many of these men claimed that they had simply been following commands. By saying that, they were basically arguing "come on, it wasn't my idea. I didn't mean to. I just had to do it." This might sound0