In front of you are two childless married couples. For some reason, it’s imperative that you kill two of the four people. Your choices are:
A. Kill one randomly chosen member from each couple.
All four people agree that if they die, they want to be well remembered. Therefore all four ask you, please, to choose A so that anyone who dies will be remembered by a loving spouse.
If you care about the four people in front of you, what should you do?
Commenters, interestingly, split pretty much 50-50 (though it’s hard to get an exact count because several equivocated). Many bought the argument that unanimous preferences should be respected (leading to A). About equally many bought the argument that the preferences of the dead don’t count, and it’s better to leave two happily married survivors than two grieving widows/widowers (leading to B).
A few highlights: