24 October 2011

Klosterman's Questions: Two.

Q. Let us assume a fully grown, completely healthy Clydesdale horse has his hooves shackled to the ground while his head is held in place with a thick rope.  He is conscious and standing upright, but completely immobile.  And let us assume that - for some reason - every political prisoner on earth (as cited by Amnesty International) will be released from captivity if you can kick this horse to death in less than twenty minutes.  You are allowed to wear steel-toed boots.  Would you attempt to do this?

A. So, I get what this question is trying to test here.  Will I be more affected by the immediate, totally personal act of killing an innocent horse more than the distant, more impersonal act of freeing innocent human beings who I do not know and probably will never meet in my lifetime?

I wouldn't kill the horse.

Call me weak-willed, stupid, or whatever... but I wouldn't do it.

There's also the matter of whether or not I'd be physically capable of killing the horse.  Steel-toed boots or not, I seriously doubt I'd be able to do that.  And please don't try to convince me otherwise... I'd rather not have horrible images in my head of myself doing something awful.

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