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If you could press a button and get an instant $10m (tax exempt!), but someone would randomly drop dead in the world, would you do it?

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Let’s be honest, pretty much everyone would do it. The people that say no may already be rich, or maybe there’s just a few true altruistic people out here (but I find that unlikely).

I truly care about less than 50 people. That’s 50 out of 7 billion chance of the death affecting me personally, for enough money to retire. Like.. yeah, I would do it, no hesitation. If it was changed to “one person you know would randomly drop dead”, that could change the decision.

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D3, it’s only different because you’re not facing the person directly. It’s an indirect way of killing, and no one knows who you actually killed. That makes it easier to rationalize, for our not always rational brains.

I get your point though. By the way, did you know most hits are less thank 100k, in many cases closer to the 10-25k range? At 10M you’d be the best paid murderer ever. Some of us take pride in our accomplishments :)

I thought about this for a while after reading your question. My first instinct was « no, i don’t think so ». Then I challenged and asked myself « am I just saying this to feel better or because I know it’s the moral answer but in fact I would»

And honestly, after thinking about this for a while, I keep coming back to no. 10M$ would be very nice, but I honestly don’t need it to be happy. I am in a great relationship, we have a nice house and lifestyle that we can afford, we’re expecting a child, have great friends and family we love, have fulfilling and yes demanding careers but we have the freedom to be able to change if ever we want and still make a more than decent living. Honestly as nice as 10M$ would be it would just help me buy material things and a fleeting superficial feeling of excitement that would likely go away as fast as it came, not true happiness. It is most certainly not worth someone’s life and most likely taking a loved one away from another family.

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BCG2 before having kids: y’all are awful

BCG2 after having kids: I will press that button for some functioning earplugs

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McK folks reading this:

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Usually when people roast McKinsey, responses look like this:

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How many times can I press the button?

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That’s hilarious

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With my luck it would be me lol

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Also, to everyone saying yes absolutely no questions asked - this is what’s wrong with the world. And America.
If you were barely making a living or able to support your family... i could see it. But you’re all well educated, mid-to-high income earners that can support themselves. I know there are some HCOL cities and high student debt bla bla but most likely you guys are not starving nor unable to lodge or even entertain yourselves.

And you’d be willing to knowingly, tangibly kill someone to make 10M$. That will bring you what? A fancier house, a cool car, a yatch? Earlier retirement?

With such selfishness, how can we ever hope to solve issues such as inequalities, climate change, famine, lack of healthcare or education access for millions, etc.

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Capitalism enabled toxic sludge to poison four baby turtles to a single father rat while his children were addicted to pizza 🤷🏽‍♂️

My wife said "yes" while staring at me intently...

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Your wife sounds like wife material

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I was gonna say no. But then you mentioned that it’s tax exempt, and I really do love screwing the IRS...

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You could probably donate $5M to charity and save dozens of lives. And keep the rest

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Ethical conundrum

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I mean yes. Not gonna lie to myself. Not gonna lie to the Fish

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only if it’s ted cruz

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This is an old Twilight Zone episode. It’s since been redone countless other times.

How it ends is that the couple who was given the button finally pushes it after debating the matter for a few days. “It’s someone who we have never met, after all? What do we care?”

The next day the creepy old man comes to pick up the button and give them their money. They ask what he’s going to do with the button. “Well, I’m giving it to people you have never met, of course” he replies.

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No way. It sickens me how many people are saying yes wtaf

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Take it easy. Most of us joking.

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I would not. Morally wrong. I don’t want to spend eternity in hell. My job means I already spend 10 hours a day there.

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Clearly a flex work arrangement.

Nah

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Imma smash.

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If I really think about it, no. It sounds appealing but imagine this happening to your loved one. I couldn’t live with myself, so no. Lol. Also wasn’t this a movie?

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The box

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Ex-D here (so it’s more on brand), 1000% yes. I didn’t even initially realize I get 10m, I thought this was just a button to not pay tax on my already existing income, so 10,000% yes

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I wouldn’t push it, but I’d sell the right to push it to others for 20%. They’d have to come meet me and my loved ones first so that we “know” them. I’d divide the money equally with my inner circle. Bet I could clear way more than $10M this way and never have to actually do the dirty work.

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How do you even know someone dies? Could all be a ruse.

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