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    I got to thinking about a debate I had in my ethics class a few years back.

    "If you were on a ship and the ship was going to
    sink, and there was NO way to escape. (you were going to die on
    this ship) and you had your child with you. would you
    A- Let your child die from drowning
    B- Take their life by something like OD them on sleeping pills
    or smother them in their sleep so they go in peace?
    Most people in the class were horrified by the thought of killing their own
    child, however there were a few who would rather their child not suffer
    drowning to death.
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    I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
    For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
    Khalil Gibran
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    Take their life.

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    I think the premise of the question is inaccurate. Death by poisoning or smothering is no more peaceful than death by drowning. How is that a choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveKiss View Post
    I think the premise of the question is inaccurate. Death by poisoning or smothering is no more peaceful than death by drowning. How is that a choice?
    If it kills them in their sleep, I would think it would be more peaceful that way. :shurg

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    I would take the life of my child(ren) if it meant going peacefully as opposed to dying a slow and painful death. (which, smothering and drowning are similar)

    I wouldn't be able to smother her/him/them, but the sleeping pills/OD would work. Of course, I would take the same pills so all of us would die together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveKiss View Post
    I think the premise of the question is inaccurate. Death by poisoning or smothering is no more peaceful than death by drowning. How is that a choice?
    well if one were to OD on sleeping pills they would just fall asleep and
    never wake up.

    (IDK, my prof wrote the question, I dug up my notes and copied the
    OP from them)
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    I'm pretty sure that smothering a child in it's sleep would probably make them wake up before dying... and that would be just as bad as drowning, your dying from lack of oxygen either way.

    I would rather take their life in a quick in painless way... but smothering wouldn't be that option. The pills seem like they would be the better of the choice, but I'm no doctor, idk if that's painless. I would have to look into the methods faster, along with how to finish myself off in a painless way before I drowned too.

    be cool.
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    Surmising you have advance warning of the boat sinking, since you have time to plan a peaceful ending for them, I don't think I could ever be convinced as I sat there waiting that there was absolutely no way out. I could not make the decision to take their life from them. There would always be a part of me thinking "What if there is a way out, how could I chance killing them?" Call it eternal hope, of rescue or whatever, but I don't think I could make the choice to end it for them. But I say that sitting at my computer, not on a sinking ship, small disclaimer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid's Girl View Post
    Surmising you have advance warning of the boat sinking, since you have time to plan a peaceful ending for them, I don't think I could ever be convinced as I sat there waiting that there was absolutely no way out. I could not make the decision to take their life from them. There would always be a part of me thinking "What if there is a way out, how could I chance killing them?" Call it eternal hope, of rescue or whatever, but I don't think I could make the choice to end it for them. But I say that sitting at my computer, not on a sinking ship, small disclaimer.
    I wrote something like that in my paper.
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    I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
    For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
    Khalil Gibran
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    Surmising you have advance warning of the boat sinking, since you have time to plan a peaceful ending for them, I don't think I could ever be convinced as I sat there waiting that there was absolutely no way out. I could not make the decision to take their life from them. There would always be a part of me thinking "What if there is a way out, how could I chance killing them?" Call it eternal hope, of rescue or whatever, but I don't think I could make the choice to end it for them. But I say that sitting at my computer, not on a sinking ship, small disclaimer.

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