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Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
03-22-2011 07:40 PM
TheEagleoftheStars
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Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
Straight from my U.S. History teacher who likes to screw with the class;

I was looking forward to Simba's drunken, abusive wife-beating self in Lion King 4 (he lied Frown )

Anyways, here's the dilemma:

If you are trapped in a tall factory, say 8 stories high and you are in the 5th story or higher, and there is a raging inferno. All the doors are chained shut because this is before worker safety laws were really implemented. Do you stay to burn alive or jump out the window and likely die? Is it suicide (assuming suicide is a sin) either way?

Bonus points if you can guess the event I'm/he's referring to.


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03-23-2011 12:35 AM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
Oklahoma City Bombing?! I'd probably just chicken out and die like a coward via burning alive cuz that's how I roll Wink plus I'm being honest, other than that jumping isn't suicide considering you're going to die either way, you die with dignity Wink least you tried to live, jumping out would have a small chance to live, but neverless a chance.


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03-23-2011 12:48 AM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
Religious crap aside, either way shouldn't be considered suicide. Though I would probably say jumping out of the window is less suicidal because you're taking a chance at living, whereas there is no chance if you choose to burn alive. Also, I would imagine falling to your death less painful than burning.



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03-23-2011 02:18 AM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
Agreed with Suna on this one.

There's also the option of somehow climbing partially down the building and falling. If you can make it most of the way down to about 30-40ft you can fall and live thought you might break both your legs and never walk again but heck you'd still be alive.

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EDIT: As a storey is about 10ft and being on the 5th floor you'd only need to figure out how to climb down about 30ft to attempt a fall that would have you survive for the most party.

As for an actual answer I'd probably see how long till the fire would actually consume me to see if there was a chance of rescue. In the end I couldn't say since until you're in such a life or death situation it's impossible to say what one would do.



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03-23-2011 02:26 PM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
D'oh! I never thought of trying to climb down further before jumping (not that I could, I'm horribly afraid of heights)

Bonus Hint: It's not the Oklahoma City Bombing; It's a fairly old event and the factory made shirts Smile


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03-23-2011 02:39 PM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
OH! the new york textile factory fire!


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03-23-2011 05:40 PM
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I'd rather jump than burn, even though you'd probably pass out from smoke inhalation long before the fire reaches you. I would hate having to die stuck in a building with a bunch of people screaming and crying - at least give me peace and quiet when I'm about to die.


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03-23-2011 08:22 PM
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RE: Relgious/Moral? Dilemma
(03-23-2011 02:39 PM)Silphon Wrote:  OH! the new york textile factory fire!

I think your right; I didn't pay too much attention, but I believe the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is both in New York and makes textile stuff so BONUS POINTS TO YOU!


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