According to Rau and Trevor Dewey every “seemingly” real moral dilemma has a morally correct solution, so in their opinion there are no real dilemmas. After all a true dilemma presents a situation where two moral imperatives collide, and the agent must resolve the conflict.
So here is a hypothetical problem for you to consider.
Two people are sent out to a faraway place, where there is a deadly epidemic. They carry the antidote to cure it. The antidote is packed into dry ice, and it must be delivered before it melts. They suffer an accident, their radio is ruined, and one of the two people is injured. He will die without help, but they do not have the necessary wherewithal to do it. The area is infested with hungry rats. The injured person is too heavy to bring to safety. If the antidote is not delivered before the ice melts, thousands of people will die, in horrible pain. “Innocent” children, too. (I am aware that this phrase has a special significance for you.)
There are three options for the delivery people.
- The healthy one kills the other one, and carries out the mission. The injured one ASKS for the quick release. He does not want to be eaten alive.
- The healthy one abandons the injured one, and carries out the mission. This solution has the side effect that the rats will eat the injured one alive. The people with the epidemic will be saved.
- They stay in place until the injured person dies naturally due to his wounds. Unfortunately the ice melts, the antidote is ruined. The mission is failure… and those thousands of “innocent” children will all die in horrible pain.
So what is the morally correct solution? Either kill or let die and fulfill the mission, or help the injured one and CONDEMN to sick people to painful death?
And no, you cannot “whistle up” a helicopter. The Pied Piper is not in the neighborhood. They do not have the necessary weapons to fend of the rats indefinitely. Etc… etc… The problem is as presented.
Find a morally correct solution. I mean, which is morally correct according to you. Good luck.