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Philosophy Friday 3

Posted by Star 2.0 on May 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

So I was looking around the a philosophy forum to find a cool topic, and found this:

 

 "Is it better to be a live coward or a dead hero?"

 

Here is what They think:

 

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"One can pointlessly face danger so one can be or seem tough or brave. (I call that self-destructive pseudo-toughness.) But that's not generally what is meant by heroism. Similarly, choosing not to face danger when facing the danger is more harmful than not is generally not what is meant by cowardice. I think cowardice generally refers to people who make harmful decisions out of fear. Heroes are generally people like firefighters who overcome their natural fear of fire when they can see it is worth the risk. Of course, we are more prone to use the word heroism when we feel the brave decision is especially compassionate. We are more prone to use the word cowardice when the fearful decision is especially selfish.

 

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Anyway, regarding my own personal values, I generally prefer to stay alive. Of course, I would choose to die or risk dying if doing it would have results that I want more than choosing to live. For example, if I saw an innocent 3-year-old girl playing in the street about to be hit by a car, and for the sake of simplicity let's say I know that either I have to let her die or kill myself to save her, of course I would choose to save her. Who wouldn't?"

 

| -Scott... From some forum

What do you think? Is it better to live as a coward or die as a hero?

I would like think that I would give my life for any innocent individual. But when push comes to shove... Would I really be able to? 

It takes a special kind of person to be a martyr.

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What do you guys think? Live a Coward, or die a Heros death?

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10 Comments

Reply Star 2.0
5:38 PM on May 9, 2014 
Lol forgot it was Friday. Had to find something quick
Reply Anubis
12:51 AM on May 10, 2014 
Depends on who/what I'm dying for, but generally l would die a hero...
Reply Arcover
11:50 AM on May 10, 2014 
That's a tough-y. I would like to believe that I wouldn't give my life up for anyone but I also know there are people I wouldn't hesitate to die for. I think it has something to do with my empathy as well. I can shut it off but if something catches me off guard and I can't turn off my feel-o-meter fast enough I've done some pretty crazy things for people just because I could feel how upset they were and I couldn't stand it. I would rather say I'd live selfishly than as a coward, but is selfishness a form of cowardice? Maybe so. So to put it simply, I would live selfishly then when death finally caught up to me I'd probably go out like a fucking boss (which may result in some heroic actions).
Reply James.Dodds
12:05 PM on June 27, 2014 
I have no reason to die for others so I'm live coward.
Reply Aspen
5:40 PM on July 19, 2014 
That's a hard decision. I have tried to imagine dying for someone else, I can imagine the scene, but I am very frightened by the world after death and open my eyes in the real world, unable to imagine how great or horrible it would be after I die. have scene people die, in hospitals, on streets, in water. I wish I could go back sometimes and take my life instead. I have scene suicide once, it's not pretty. Death though is an amazing thing you know. It's a total mystery to me. I could go to heaven, hell, reincarnated, or even descend to a whole different world! But I really just like to think this some times: Life lives only so long, souls live forever.
I imagine dying for someone like a suicide for a purpose. But if it's for a purpose then I believe it is worth it, but as you can see by all this thought put into it I would not be able in answer in a snap. I am a coward and think to much. That just about wraps me up.
Reply valdeer
11:44 AM on August 2, 2014 
i am no coward, but i don't want to die for others, but live for them. most ppl beleave they only have 2 options but i beleave thats because living for ppl is the hardest way to live. fighting for the ones you care about and saving them from all dangers while giving them lead way to learn this so they can grow stronger is a hard way to live but its what i beleave is the right way to live instead of dying for someone or running away. standing and fighting for them is what makes you strong. i know a lot of people on here don't like me, but i don't care i would still fight for everyone here because that is who i am. i don't have to know nor care for someone to protect them. if i see someone picking on the weak i with defend for them. so why not stop trying to die for others and start living for them?
Reply Star 2.0
3:54 PM on August 2, 2014 
valdeer says...
i am no coward, but i don't want to die for others, but live for them. most ppl beleave they only have 2 options but i beleave thats because living for ppl is the hardest way to live. fighting for the ones you care about and saving them from all dangers while giving them lead way to learn this so they can grow stronger is a hard way to live but its what i beleave is the right way to live instead of dying for someone or running away. standing and fighting for them is what makes you strong. i know a lot of people on here don't like me, but i don't care i would still fight for everyone here because that is who i am. i don't have to know nor care for someone to protect them. if i see someone picking on the weak i with defend for them. so why not stop trying to die for others and start living for them?


I like your view
Reply Terran Staranious
8:31 AM on August 12, 2014 
I would try to think of pros and cons at the time before. but I work best when tons of pressure or none. simply put I would share as I do even if I could die in the process simply my thought is live as if everyone was you and hope to the grand lord you believe in they would do the same. but they cross me for selfish purposes and I catch them sympathy is dead that man (or women don't discriminate) is and will be my slave and after that time happens they shall see my wrath and all will see through my eyes the bastard they are. so all that means live like the leader, and everyone is dying. if they cross turns with me they shall wish they were dead for my burning wrath and my cold dead hands will keep me alive 'til you die. so even simpler live for someone and maybe die a heroes day but the ghost I hide behind my mask is selfless all consuming world that death is encountered many times.

(although sounding emo I live a happy life and am not at all emo)

ps the little girl thing depends how well she knows me if she knows me behind my husk yes she is in fact dead. I know I am heartless but I live the life every day many at my school even stated the life of an anti-hero.
Reply Terran Staranious
8:31 AM on August 12, 2014 
valdeer says...
i am no coward, but i don't want to die for others, but live for them. most ppl beleave they only have 2 options but i beleave thats because living for ppl is the hardest way to live. fighting for the ones you care about and saving them from all dangers while giving them lead way to learn this so they can grow stronger is a hard way to live but its what i beleave is the right way to live instead of dying for someone or running away. standing and fighting for them is what makes you strong. i know a lot of people on here don't like me, but i don't care i would still fight for everyone here because that is who i am. i don't have to know nor care for someone to protect them. if i see someone picking on the weak i with defend for them. so why not stop trying to die for others and start living for them?

I agree.
Reply JadinNWorstell
2:28 PM on September 8, 2014 
This is not a hard question for me, I would die for anyone, only in the rare chance that letting someone live would result in the deaths of more people, so it is a very situation based question. Now believe me that when I say I would die for anyone, that doesn't mean that I think that everyone should do that. People should choose based on what they think they should do, and another thing is that people should not be called cowards for holding their life higher then another's.