The Joker

Imagine that you are walking down the street when all of a sudden you are pulled into an alleyway and guns are pressed into the backs of your knees.

A man is in front of you sitting at a table, and you can see 54 playing cards laid out on the table. He tells you that you must select one and, if it is one of the jokers, you will go free. If it is not, your knees will be shot out and you will be taken inside a door to the man’s left and tortured for the rest of your life. The door opens from the inside and you see someone who appears to be a soldier standing on the inside, and you hear screams from down below.

You object, and say that you don’t even know that a joker is there. The man tells you to trust him and that knowing the presence of the joker would defeat the purpose, and then says that failure to choose will be as if you chose wrongly.

Is this a moral choice?

And…does this sound a little familiar?

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2 Responses to The Joker

  1. Dhorvath says:

    Clever analogy. I think that will stick.

  2. Ogvorbis says:

    Is this a moral choice?

    And…does this sound a little familiar?

    No and yes. In that order.

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