Fallacy of infinity thinking, prequel

Why should you NOT murder one innocent person in order to save millions of people?

(Note: This question is NOT the same as “Could we give up one innocent person’s life in order to save millions of people’s?”)

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Could we murder one innocent person in order to save millions of people?

— Me@2017-06-20 01:04:56 PM

— Me@2021-01-19 06:15:54 PM

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NO.

If we can murder one innocent person in order to save all other people, then no one is safe after all, because anyone could be THAT innocent person, being sacrificed at any time.

(In the situation that we cannot save all the people at the same time, which person or which group has higher or lower priorities depends on context. There is no universal answer.)

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Instead, if we protect each person’s life, then all the people’s lives are protected.

— Me@2021-01-19 06:01:24 PM

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If you start with protecting each one, then every one person and thus the whole society will be protected.

If you start with protecting the whole society at all costs, then no one will be safe, because anyone could be that cost; any innocent person could be sacrificed at any time.

— Me@2021-01-20 6:48 AM

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