StephenT (stormwreath) wrote,
StephenT
stormwreath

(Meta) He's not dead, he's resting

The subject of Willow and Warren has raised its hideously-ugly head again, and I'm curious to canvass the opinions of my flist about the ethics involved. This is posed as a hypothetical question, so you don't need to know or care anything about Buffy Season 8 at all. I've put the poll behind a cut since it contains language which some people may find disturbing or triggering.

 

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Let's say I decide to horribly torture somebody. I subject him to all sorts of physical and mental torments, slice off various useful or ornamental body parts, and as my final act pull out a gun, shoot him through the head and throw his body in the river.

But! The river flows past a hospital, and some paramedics pull out the body. Here they discover that by a fluke million-to-one chance my bullet glanced off my victim's skull rather than blowing out his brains. He's not breathing, but the paramedics administer CPR then rush him into intensive care. Round-the-clock surgery by a team of crack doctors (one of whom may be a Vicodin addict) manages to save his life. He's still horrifically disfigured and crippled by my torture, and will never be able to lead a normal life - but he's not dead.

So, my question is: how do the doctors' actions affect my own ethical and moral responsibility for what I did?

Poll #1282097 He's not dead, he's resting

How do the doctors' actions affect my own ethical and moral responsibility for what I did?

I'm completely exonerated. He's not dead, so no harm, no foul.
0(0.0%)
Because he's not dead, my own guilt is massively reduced.
3(4.5%)
I'm still as guilty as sin, but slightly less than if I'd actually killed him.
4(6.1%)
Intent is what matters. I'm just as guilty as if he'd really died.
45(68.2%)
My guilt is now worse, because instead of a clean death my actions have given him a lifetime of suffering.
12(18.2%)
Something else which I will explain in comments.
2(3.0%)
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