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You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers has canvassed all the available medical records and found that you alone have the right blood type to help. They have therefore kidnapped you, and last night the violinist's circulatory system was plugged into yours, so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood as well as your own. If he is unplugged from you now, he will die; but in nine months he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you.
Is it moral for you to detach yourself from the violinist knowing that it would kill him?
Yeah. I think you could even make a case for just straight up smothering the guy, given the whole kidnapping and invasive surgery thing.
I'd say you could make a decent argument for self defense.
>>666>Yeah. I think you could even make a case for just straight up smothering the guy, given the whole kidnapping and invasive surgery thing.
I suppose it wasn't entirely clear in the example, but it was not the guy you're hooked to that kidnapped you. He is also a victim of the kidnapper, it just so happens that he
was kidnapped in order to save his life.
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Yeah, that's more the question. To refer to the example, lets imagine that everyone agrees the kidnapper was in the wrong for kidnapping and the police bust down the door to rescue you and the kidnapper is beaten down and arrested.
Now you're still hooked up to this guy who'll die if you don't stay hooked up to him, neither of you are at fault for this predicament. Is it moral to disconnect yourself from this second victim knowing it will kill him?
I think it could be justifiable
, but not necessarily "moral". I live by a personal code of ethics that says that if someone has the power and the means to help others, then have an obligation to do so, so long as no harm comes to them in doing so.
So whether this constitutes as that depends on one person's personal definition of "harm". To me, being hooked up to the guy doesn't "harm" you. It inconveniences you, probably annoys you, but it doesn't cause you physical pain or damage your body, we assume. But to another person, being hooked up to him might constitute as "harm" because maybe they have obligations they can no longer fufil while doing this. Maybe they have issues with being put in this situation against their will. It all depends. But ME, in this situation... I couldn't bring myself to unhook him. Especially if he was conscious and was asking me not to. But I'd expect to be compensated for this in any way the violinist could.
In that case, it's not immoral. That doesn't make it good, but, I'd say it falls under neutral.
You couldn't straight up murder him, but, you do not have any more responsibility to keep him alive, than you'd have to feed a starving person.
It obviously causes both emotional harm and physical harm, though.
You're never going to feel safe again, you'll always be worried that you'll be kidnapped again, and god help you if the violinist had any kind of bloodborne disease, parasites or if the procedure causes an autoimmune response of any kind, or if your kidneys are caused some kind of damage from the overwork they've now been put on. not to mention, an incision or an insertion had to be made somewhere
, so your circulatory systems could be connected, exposing you to infection and other problems.
Add to this that you can't exercise for nine months, you can't hardly do anything, and your mental and physical faculties are almost certainly going to atrophy as a result, plus, if you do unplug yourself, and you're not a total unempathetic asshole, you're at least going to feel a twinge of guilt or letdown, over having to be the one to pull the plug. You're forced into a situation where harm will almost certainly come to you, that's effectively the same as doing harm and actually a pretty large amount of it.
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What method of morality are we operating under?
The question of if something is moral depends entirely on what moral code you're working under.
In mine, if I do not personally know the violinist, do not personally have a connection to them, or a personal reason to want them to stay alive, I would detach. My morality dictates that my life is the most important one, but I would make exceptions to that rule for people I have vested interest in, or personal relationships with.
ah damn i got the shitty animal this time