Turning The Trolley Analysis

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The trolley problem is a moral paradox that questions human morality. The story begins like this, there is a runaway trolley headed down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill, there are five workers on the track, in the way of the speeding trolley. You are the driver of the trolley and notice that right before the workers there is another set of tracks. On this set of tracks, there is only one worker. You have the ability to pull a switch and turn the trolley onto the other tracks. So the choice stands, do you neglect the switch and kill the five workers or do you turn the trolley and kill one worker? I think that turning the trolley is the best option and as a result, killing the one worker. The reasoning for my claim is because I believe it to be morally the better option in the equation. To save five lives instead of one makes the most sense to me and in my head is the right thing to do.
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And that in this scenario you are deliberately killing a man by pushing him off the bridge. Though I believe that it's the end result that makes your decision morally acceptable or not. These scenarios are based upon the philosophical standard called the Doctrine of Double Effect. This doctrine holds certain criteria for whether an act is morally acceptable or not. The criteria is as follows; the result of the act has to be a good one. In both cases, five people survive and one person dies which is better than the other way around. Secondly, the result must be more important than the action. This is also shown with five lives outweighing one. Next, the action can't be taken for the purposes of evil, even if the result is good. This means that you cannot push the man off the bride because you want to kill him, there must be a logical reason for it. This reason is to save the lives of five

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