Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace
Well, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...so...yeah....off 'em!
What if you were one of the few? Would you still be so eager to put your utilitarian morality into practice?
I don't think the issue is this simple. Perhaps we should value human lives less, and "off them" as well, were they somehow unintentionally endangering the city and threatening the needs of the many?
Most people would at least hesitate if they had to actually kill
some humans to save many. I think common morality, when it comes to humans
, is nowhere near as calculating and... cold.
ETA: And I don't say that, having exhausted every reasonable possibility to save the few, we are not morally excused from killing them. My point is that we are more eager to try other solutions before resorting to killing, if the few are of human origin.