Wily as a coyote (fourcorners) wrote in thequestionclub,
Wily as a coyote

You have this device. If you use it, 1 year will be taken off the life of every single person on the planet (they'll die one year earlier). In return, rainfall will occur in ample supply in your country, nourishing crops, lakes, rivers, etc. Not an excessive amount, not enough to cause flooding. This bounty of rainfall will be current enough (though not in excess) for the next 3 years, thus removing all drought symptoms in your country within that span, and making it drought resistant for several years after that. All in exchange for 1 year from all 7 billion people on the planet. Would you activate this device?


There exists a second device. This one is similar, but larger. When activated it will remove 5 years from every single person on the planet. All 7 billion plus of earth's inhabitants. In return, rainfall will occur all over the planet. Drought will be wiped out worldwide for a three year span. Crops can have a chance of growing, animals can boost their numbers, and the vast multitude of deaths that occur through reduced access to clean water will be halted. But, you are taking half a decade from every man, woman and child on the planet to ensure this salvation. Would you activate the device?


Inspired from the Captain America 2 movie, let's say there's a method of ensuring a cessation of war, of violence. A giant militarized satellite in the sky, capable of zapping people anywhere on the planet hovers above us all. If the satellite is activated, it will zap 1,000,000 people, vaporizing them instantly. These people are the murderers, terrorists, rapists, etc. The most violent, heinous people on the planet. The instigators and promoters of violence. All removed. There is no chance of error, so no one innocent will be killed. 1 million people murdered to bring a Utopean safety to the rest of the 7 billion. Would you activate the device?


This last question, $100,000,000 will be given to you with the following condition. From thence forward, you will be strictly average in every way (but only if you were above average). If you're attractive, your appearance will drop to average standards. If you're intelligent, your smarts will decline until you're on a par with your country's standard. If you're humorous, that, too, will be depleted until you're no longer exceptional, but average. If you're creative or talented in any way, that, too, will be reduced to average levels of ability. No monetary worries for the rest of your life, nor anyone in your life, in exchange for irreversible reduction on your strong points. Would you accept this deal?


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