Member Rara Avis
But killing someone to stop them from killing others, out of a moral conviction, is morally superior than doing it just to save your own skin when / if it happens to you.
I'm not sure I'm entirely comfortable with that, Stephen. Not as long as there are people flying airplanes into crowded buildings because of their moral convictions.
Or does the superiority only arise when they're your convictions?
This raises another question: what kind and how valuable is a love to a loved one that would allow the overwhelming likelihood, (but not absolute certainty), of his or her murder rather than risk the killing of an overwhelmingly likely, but not absolutely certain, assailant intent on that murder?
I'll tell you want, John. I'll answer that question as long as you agree to abide by my determination. Might be someone has to fire the first round before I'll call them a legitimate threat. Or, alternatively, I might decide you are already enough of a threat to warrant action. You won't really know, though, until I answer. You game?
Thought so. Does it surprise you terribly that I'm not willing to leave the determination up to you, either?
Each of us, I think, has to be prepared to make that call for ourselves. Often within the time between two heartbeats.