There is a choice to be made in all things.
After watching the movie "fat man and little boy" I am thinking; there
must be a choice to kill or not. Not just the dropping of the bombs, nor
their creation, but the war and all wars. Who decides? So many things
way, odds to concider... how does one decide to end the life of another?
Is it a moral question? Maybe. But who is to decide right from wrong, and
who decides who is to decide. It is all subjective, even if your morality
is faith driven; your faith is subjective - open to you own interpretation.
How can anyone pick up a gun, or a knife, or press that button which
irrevocably terminates a human being?
I guess it's not that difficult. It's all about equality, values, weighing
things against one another. I couldn't stand to kill a cow (at my present
position in life), but I eat well at the steakhouse. If presented with the
choice of starvation or that cow - there wouldn't be too much weight on the
cow's side of the scale.
Acceptable losses, greater good, the good of the many, projected losses...
has there ever been an acceptable end to one's life by human hands? Did
you know that Eskimo tribes, because survival is a struggle on the ice
plains, kill the members of their tribe who can no longer further the
tribe. The elders are prepared and have always accepted this practice. Is
that ok? It is to them.
I would like to form a country which refuses to war. I would like to form
a country based on equality and acceptance. We'd probably get invaded.
At this point I always reach an impasse. I have some good questions but
the answers, aren't. The answers are not simple, they aren't constant nor
or they applicable to anyone but the person who comes up with them. Too
many qualifiers and too many extenuating circumstances; there can not be
policy on murder. It is all up to the action: do, don't, wait, denounce,
promote, avert your eyes... Ideas are ephemeral, action is obtuse (built
from ideas) and the action defines the image.
So what do you do?