You are over-thinking this, Ray. Your son is as well.
jorvik wrote:Now I probably failed the test because I didn't get the answer this guy wanted.
You make the choice that you make. If it's an irrational choice, well that's your prerogative. If we eliminated all irrational people on this planet, then I'd never get laid.
Logic alone dictates that - without further information - you treat people as equals and make it a numbers game. Now if you want to play deer-in-the-headlamps like that doe which I killed a month ago on the highway, well... doing nothing is an option.
jorvik wrote:I asked my son the same question and he said .how do you know who these folks are? you have a choice between 5 people and 1 person.the 5 people may all be horrible psychopaths and the one guy maybe a cancer specialist who has saved thousands of children from the disease......so which way would you go?
Once again... your son is over-thinking it. You have no basis for making this kind of conclusion. Logic dictates that any random person isn't far from mean behavior and absolute worth. But if you want to argue that you're the one who will win the lottery tonight, well...
This video is about several things:
1) Proximity engages empathy; distance not so much. Read Grossman's On Killing for a further analysis of this.
2) The amygdala is the source of raw, emotional, cognition-free brain responses.
3) A certain percentage of the population has lesser activity in the amygdala related to empathy. Some call them psychopaths, or sociopaths. Maybe... A certain percentage of them end up in prison. But some end up in special forces or as LEOs and do great things for mankind. The character Gregory House in the television series House is this sort of individual. He cares little about the patient; he cares a lot more about the puzzle.
Just contemplate what the guy's trying to say. He's making important points related to fighting and self-defense.