Moral Monday: The Trolley Problem

Trolley Dilemma - photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/rene-germany/

A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. Should you flip the switch or do nothing?

This question is used often when talking about utilitarianism. The dilemma here is that if you do nothing, the death of the five will be on the hands of the mad philosopher, so to speak. But if you choose to act, you will be actively choosing to kill one innocent person. Take the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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