Analysis Of Alex And The Rail Car Essay examples

990 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
In the story of Alex and the rail car, Alex has to make a very controversial choice. The choice is to pull a lever that controls a rail cart, but not just any rail cart. This one is speeding down the tracks at an alarming rate, and down the tracks there is a split with five workers and one other worker on the other side of the tracks. This speeding cart will most likely be the death of these five poor unsuspecting souls, but Alex just so happens to be right next to the lever that will change the direction of the cart saving these men. However, if he does this he will be changing the direction of the cart to the other tracks where the one man is working killing him, yet saving the five lives. The question behind this situation that is being asked is essentially, what should Alex do? Should he pull the lever or leave it be? What this dilemma also entails is if pulling the lever is the right choice, not only morally, but ethically as well. What would a good person do, and what would we wish for someone to do? With that all being said, personally I believe that pulling the lever is the answer but that’s just from my point of view, and a point of view can change for anyone at any time. Not only that, but I must assume Alex does not have the same amount of time to think about the consequences of his actions. He would have to go off of what seems to be the most logical choice in that exact moment. When I think of the situation I would hope that Alex pulls the lever, because…

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