What is the best way to... How do you reply a threat by someone with a gun pointed at you, to choose between your father or daughter?

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You'd have to think on your feet! It definitely depends on the motives of the person with the gun. I'd say from a practical standpoint your best bet is to not look at the gunman so there is no threat from seeing his face, and let him rob you. As for choosing, how could you live with yourself? Conventional wisdom suggests you save the daughter, because she is younger and has more to live for. But in reality, not many could make the choice and survive it emotionally.
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These are "scarcity" situations -- only enough resources to....etc.

What's important to note here is not the contentious nature of the decision, but that an attempt would be made to solve the problem as close to satisfactorily for everyone concerned. (I like #4's response best!)

 

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Ok, so this is an ethical "brain teaser". I've heard a similar one where there has been a car accident and many people have been injured including your mother, the love of your life, and someone else's baby. When the ambulance comes there is only one seat left and (for some reason) you have to choose who is saved.

Most people choose their mother, in my experience, because of the blood bond. But if you change the scenario so that the baby is your baby, then there is no contest and everyone chooses to save the baby.

In the case choosing to save either my father or my child, I'd save my child. There are two reasons: First, my father has had a chance to live his life and, second, the bond between me and my child is stronger than any other kind of bond. I don't think most people would hesitate, really.

Plus, a father would understand.

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I think this is intended to be an ethical or philosophical debate, and I suppose the answer would depend on which philosophical approach you favor. Obviously, a utilitarian would say that the choice should be which person who offers the most to society. I have to say it really is a horrible way to pose this dilemma, though.

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Of course, this is not a very realistic situation since anyone with a gun who really wanted to do this could simply shoot the one I don't choose or shoot both of them or all three of us.

But if we take this seriously, I'd have them shoot my father because it makes more sense to sacrifice the person who has had a long life rather than the one who has her whole life ahead of her.  I'm sure my father would agree.

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