The Box

So you are cleaning up in the kitchen when the door rings. You wonder who it is since it is 2pm, and everyone is gone at work. You answer the door to see a sleek black sedan speed away, and you look down to see that the person has left a box. You take the box inside, and decide to wait until your spouse arrives home from work. You both open the box, and inside is a single-button mechanism. However, the button is protected by a glass dome that needs to be unlocked. There seems to be no key, and there is also a letter that says, "I shall call upon you at five o'clock this evening." At around dinner time, you hear the doorbell ring. You answer the door, and there is a man in a long overcoat waiting in the rain. You invite him in and upon eye contact, you immediately feel as if the house has suddenly dropped in temperature. He says, "I see that you have opened the box. The rules are simple. I give you the key, and you can unlock the mechanism and press the button. Once you do that, someone that you do not know will die. You will also receive a million dollars." You look at him, bewildered. "Die?"

He smiles at you at the doorway. "You have until five o'clock tomorrow evening to decide."

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    Someone you don't know dies every second!
    No contest for me!

    • Math
    • March 16, 2010, 12:31 am
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    I've killed for less

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    I would do your mum.

    Nah j/k, i'd give it back to him, never going to be worth it. I can get by on my own.

    • Dannyl
    • March 16, 2010, 12:41 am
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    fuck that i saw the movie. id close that shit.

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    no I don't need the money I'm going to be rich when I'm older.

    • ember
    • March 16, 2010, 5:13 pm
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    can I press it twice and get $2 mil ???

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    Make it a billion dollars. I still wouldn't push the button.

    I may not know the person, but that could be someone's mother or father, daughter or son. That's the greatest pain you can give to anyone.

    • Paul
    • March 17, 2010, 4:22 pm
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    I agree with Paul, give the damned thing back. Someone cares about that person. That persons picture is in somebody's wallet. Imagine if your mother died for a million dollars. There's no price on life.

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    Ooh me!

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    Push the damned button....... we're all going to die sometime anyway.

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    Agreed.

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    The intrinsic value of life will always be worth more than the unrealistic assigned value of currency. The calculation is simple (the risk calculation, that is).

    Option 1: Press the button, receive one million dollars.
    pros- Money, no need for work later in life (if you invest intelligently)
    cons- Police find out, you are in prison for life, once you realize what you've done you possibly could irreversibly ruin your psyche. No work for life would drive me insane anyway : ).

    Give the thing back, call the police on the bastard, get some kind of community medal : P.

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    Oh boy a medal! That'll get you far when it comes to anything important in life.

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    I'd bang that bugger all day long if I got to choose who it worked on... I'd even do it for half of the names on the list. And to be nice and honest... I'd make a sizable, charitable donation for each and every bang and I'd pay my taxes like a dutiful citizen too.

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    Thanks for replying seriously to the only joke in my entire response : ).

    I'll respond anyway though:
    And killing someone will?

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    We're all headed down that long final road anyway... Somebody goes a little sooner, well that's life.

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    So, it would be perfectly fine, then, if someone caused you to die right now if they received one million dollars?

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    I've been ready to go for years.... Don't ever worry about what the future holds for you, just be proud of what you've done in your past.

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    You say you've been ready to go, but would you really be willing to go against every in-built instinct you have and plunge into the realm of the dead?

    According to the Freudian school of thought (among others) that is an unquestionable sign of insanity.

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    My religion tells me that God has a special place for me... Why would I hold back when my Lord God calls me home... Like I said previously... ready to go whenever He makes the call.

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    since i saw the movie I wouldnt push it

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    Right there with you. I'm a selfish bastard, ik. But by God i want the best i can get for my family.

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  • 1

    So you would kill one of his creatures for monetary gain?

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    one?

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    id press it soon as i meet someone new cause then i can say i know them

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    Or more?

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    i'd just keep pressing it :P

    • Luke8D
    • March 18, 2010, 1:53 pm
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    cant disagree with that logic

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    no im kiddin, i could never do that, conscience wud tear me apart ^^

    • Luke8D
    • March 18, 2010, 2:07 pm
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    it would be different if it was somebody I knew and hated haha jk I could never do that or could I.... hmmm I guess we will never know huh :P

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    That's a very good point, but by doing it you're killing a part of someone else's family. Besides, you can certainly provide well enough for your own family by getting a job and working, among other things.

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    Now you have to kill your wife or your son will live on blindly and deaf. (If you've seen the movie)

    • Naugron
    • August 12, 2010, 10:07 pm
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