Here’s a moral dilemma for you but it requires a little imagination.
Let’s say that three weeks ago, you found a way to travel back in time. Seriously. You were able to pick a date and go back to that date.
Over the years there have been many innocent people killed in many different ways, despite the arguments about history being accurate and events being denied etc. I guess one of the best examples would be Hitler – if you could be transported back in time to a room in which Hitler were fast asleep and you had a syringe full of something guaranteed to cause his instant death, what would you do? Would you kill him, or not?
And more importantly, how would those events change the world as we know it? Completely and utterly. It is almost impossible to consider the potential implications of deading Hitler well before he caused the events he did. How many lives would you save by taking that one life?
This one is difficult for me – I don’t know that I could give that injection, but on the other hand if I did not wouldn’t all those people who died haunt me forever? I think I would be morally obligated to do it.
What about Ted Bundy who killed so many young women?
The Columbine shooters?
The people who hijacked the planes on 9/11?
What would you do? What do you think? Is there a time when killing is justified?
Me personally I think the only time killing is justified is when you *know* for a fact it is going to save one or more other lives. On the other hand, I’m not keen on the state doing it. I’m not for the death penalty.
This is a tricky one, I’d like to hear what you think.