Pretend you are the captain on a sinking boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Your radio has gone down with the ship. You have one life raft left. The life raft holds five people. You also have only enough water for five people. There are ten people, including yourself, who have the chance to survive. However, if you put all in the life raft, all will die. As the captain, it is your responsibility to decide who is given a place on the life raft and a water ration. You must select the five individuals who are to survive from among the following people: • A Congressperson who is on the verge of establishing a coalition of world leaders to institute a world peace plan. • A convicted child molester who is halfway through a rehabilitation program • A medical researcher who is actively involved in cancer research • A second-grade teacher
• An exotic dancer
• A professional ice hockey player
• A musician/conductor
• A mother of a preschooler and first grader, who is pregnant with her third child • A priest
Think about how you would choose the five people or what other alternative you would initiate. Also, think about your own values and your thought process for making the decisions. In the discussion, discuss the following questions:
As the Captain I know just how to handle this horrific situation. First as captain I must go down with the ship, leaving nine people to choose from. Secondly it is easy to pick off the mom since she is pregnant and will need too much assistance and could only hinder the five people chosen. Third I could cross off the congressman; child molester and second grade teacher, each of them have severe health issues from disgusting life choices and in their careers. They would not have lived past a few years anyway, so I don’t feel bad. This leaves the medical researcher, exotic dancer, hockey player, musician, and priest to get on the life boat for a chance to survive. None of...
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