My name is Mohit B. and i am from India. I found one PDF online named as "101 Ethical Dilemmas". I started reading the book and got struck on the very first dilemma.
< < < < < < SITUATION: The battleship Northern Spirit was torpedoed in the engine room, and began to sink
rapidly. ‘Abandon Ship!’ shouts Captain Flintheart. But few of the lifeboats are intact.
One boat, desperately overloaded, manages to struggle away from the sinking vessel,
Flintheart at the prow. The cold, grey waters of the Atlantic around it are filled with
screaming, desperate voices, begging to be saved.
QUESTION: But faced with the grim knowledge of the danger of capsizing the little boat,
endangering the lives of those already on board, should any more sailors be
picked up and rescued? > > > > > >
MY ANSWER or THOUGHT: As, the situation says that there are few lifeboats..yes more sailors can be rescued.
If suppose there are no lifeboats more then the answer would also be YES..since sailors can swim. Though...
I like your response very much--you are aiming to keep the maximum number of people alive by rotating time in the lifeboat. This is a consequentialist approach that demands selflessness from the people already on the lifeboat. They would have to agree to take their turn and jump back in the water. And it would have to be possible to get people in and out of the water without danger (probably unlikely). Other approaches may also be relevant. For example, Flintheart should probably be the first to give up his place, since it is the duty of the captain to take care of the passengers. Unless his presence is necessary for navigating the small boats. In ethical reasoning there is not usually one "right answer"; rather there are several reasonable answers that use moral reasoning.