There is a train speeding down the railway tracks. On the main track there are 5 people playing , One Person is standing On the Other track which is not in use ( Unused Track) . Non of the people are aware of train speeding up towards them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the train will switch to Unused Tracks) from Main Track.
- Do nothing, and the train kills the five people on the main track.
- Pull the lever, diverting the train onto the side track where it will kill one person.
Here the thing is you have to chose between 5 negligent people playing on main track Vs One Person who is Playing on Unused track .
What will you do ?
In simple terms
According to theorists like, you ought to pull the lever. Do the maths (Or hedonic calculus) –
- Do nothing, you’re down four lives.
- Pull the lever, you’re up four lives.
So its Between + 4 and -4 Lives. But You are killing 1 innocent person against 5 negligent persons.
Imagine the same , if the one on the side track is your family member or friend ? and both the tracks are in use. Do you kill ur loved ones to save 5 unknown . DO you still follow the theories.