Is The Madman a Natural Phenomenon?

What is natural and what is not

Many of the trolley problems use the term “madman,” and there have been many throughout history. They disrupt peaceful society and take lives of the good and the bad. It matters not to them until they are cornered by special forces and turn to jello.

In my lifetime there have been many—Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, Sadam, Ho Chi Minh, the list goes on, with Hitler typically topping the list of evil (before my lifetime) It is natural to feel anger at such individuals—men of pure, egotistical power without regard for any other points of view, especially “lesser” ways of being.

There are those that consider this in an evolutionary pattern, such as the recipients of indigenous genocide are failed ways of being human, that they had their time. Now we must live in the “real world” of technology and embrace its conformity, whether you like it or not, you are. —”Societies have ended and their members died in droves because they didn’t have the knowledge we know today,” ie; they were not as intelligent or advanced as we are. Looking at some of the structures they left behind, there’s a good chance many of them died off because they were smarter than we are. We seem to be headed that way too.

As for nature and the madman, Hitler and his ilk are every bit a natural phenomenon—as is a tsunami. And the followers of such are just as much a problem

Pushing the Fat Man?

Fat man variation of the trolley problem—to push or not to push

You are on a footbridge over the trolley track where five people are tied down. A runaway trolley is rushing toward them. Near you on the bridge is a fat-man. If you shove him over the side he will fall on the track—stopping the trolley and saving the five, yet dying in the process. What should you do?

Possible answers to the trolley problem by ideology—

Philosopher: We will watch and analyze what happens—to push or not to push isn’t the right question…

Christian: Is saving lives Gods problem or mine? I hope they are all saved

Muslim: And so it was written…

Hindu: What did they do in their prior lives deserves this? This is an amazing act—Bravo!

Buddhist: Doing what is honorable can make pure intentions resemble psychopathy…Push

Jewish: According to halakhic tradition we cannot push one soul aside for another. But, er, um, are any of them Jewish?

Shaman: What is a trolley?

Democrat: Five taxpayers vs one? Push

Republican: I hope they were all saved

Conspiracy Theorist: I’m not interfering with the Illuminati…

Mormon: We really are Christians, people…

Atheist: