Would you go on a suicide mission?

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Divine.Wind, Aug 15, 2011.

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Under what circumstances would you be willing to go on a suicide mission?

  1. To save the Human Race

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  2. To save my country

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  3. To save my family

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  4. Never, but I would consider a "high risk" mission for one of them

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  5. Never. I'd never risk my life for someone else.

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  6. Other answer explained in the thread.

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  1. Divine.Wind
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    Yesterday I watched a movie on the ScyFY channel titled "Sunshine" were a group of astronauts go to the Sun on a mission to fix a problem with it in order to save the Human race. Long story short it turns into a suicide mission for one of the characters. Sorry if that spoils it for you.

    In the military, we don't have "suicide missions" because that goes against most religious ethics. Instead, we have "high risk" missions. As long as there is an 'out', a measly 1% chance of survival, then, buy definition, it isn't a "suicide mission". :D

    When I was a Naval Aviator, our operating bible was the OPNAVINST 3710. It's about an inch and a half thick but does include this short paragraph:
    There are numerous reasons to use operational necessity in wartime, but peacetime missions are usually only associated with rescue operations.

    The main purpose of this thread is to discuss the ethics of a suicide or "high risk" mission and under what circumstances, if any, members of the forum would consider undertaking such a task.
     
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    I have never served in the military. I would lay down my life for my wife and children with no hesitation. Run into a burning building, step in front of a car etc. I am not sure if that is what you are refering to.
     
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    That's exactly what I'm talking about. Thanks for responding.
     
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    yes.
     
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    Sorry folks, I screwed up my own poll. Either I should have worded it better such as allowing a "all of the above" option or allowed a multiple choice answer. Still, folks can voice their exact opinions in posts despite my novice polling abilities.
     
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    Human race, no brainer. Family, absolutely. Country? Depends on the context. What's to happen to my country if I say no?
     
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    It's destroyed. The nation would be lost. For example, a mad Chinese general is about to launch a bioweapon on the USA which would kill everyone in the country, but you can stop him with a bullet however, like shooting Huey Long, his guards will kill you immediately after you shoot him.
     
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    Substitue Rush for the Chinese guy and you got a deal!

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    Yes - human race (even the liberals :lol:), country (same), family.
     
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    For my own family (direct bloodline) I would risk everything.
    For the woman (not of same bloodline) I would only consider to die if she has given birth to my children, but I can not say this with 100% certainty that I would die for her in that case.
     

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