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Could you kill a man?

  1. yes, i could do it easily. (in cold blood)

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  2. yes, but i would only do it for specific reasons (hot blood)

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  3. no, i could never kill a person

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  4. other, please explain

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  1. Jul 17, 2003 #1
    do you think that you are capable of killing another person?

    ...have you?
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    Certain people, in a different time perhaps.

    It's like the saying on a t-shirt I saw. "Some people are only alive because it's illegal to kill them". :wink:
  4. Jul 18, 2003 #3
    Yes, I could probably do it, but only because it was necessary, for instance in the case of war or, in self-defense. This I believe you call jutifiable homicide, which you would have to classify as "other" in your poll.
  5. Jul 18, 2003 #4
    Good one!

    Actually, my past is strewn with "dead bodies" ...the victims of wishful thinking on my part.

    However -- and this might be one of those times I shouldn't answer a question at all, let alone truthfully -- I could kill someone with pleasure if they ticked me off enough.

    Just remember, as my signature says: "We are what we DO" ...not what we think about doing. Living a decent life is NOT about "controlling our emotions"; its about controlling the actions we may or may not want to take as a result of our emotions.
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  6. Jul 18, 2003 #5
    I don't know. Who did you have in mind?
  7. Jul 18, 2003 #6


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    I think that if I were in combat I could learn to do this. I can't think of any other occasion in which I could manage to go through with it.
  8. Jul 18, 2003 #7
    As the great rap-artist Scarface once wrote,
    "Ah got this killuh up-inside a me. I cain't talk to mah mutha so I talk to mah diary."

    If I could get away with it, yes I would be able to kill someone, but I would be the folkhero-type vigilante. I'd go after the rapists, murderers and all-around evil-doers.
  9. Jul 20, 2003 #8
    I think deep down everyone is capable of it under the right circumstances. It's simply a question of extremes, and what would push you to do something like that. If someone killed the person you love most in the world, and you could kill them, wouldn't you?

    For those of you who saw the movie "Seven" it's like that. He took them out there knowing that he would do it. For the rest of you, sorry I ruined the ending.. hehe. Or the movie "A time to kill". What paren't wouldn't want to do what he did?

    When dealing with primal instincts of the human phsyche, anyone could be pushed to do it if they had no other choice. If you had to defend yourself? Kill or be killed? 99.9 percent would.
  10. Jul 20, 2003 #9
    Yes i could kill someone if i needed to, are there any people who have served with the armed forces here, who might have killed someone in combat? Would be interesting to hear there views on this.
  11. Jul 20, 2003 #10
    Theoretically I imagine each of us is capable of anything. In hard reality, though, it's different. Thinking about killing someone would be easy - but actually getting down to it - my body would try and do everything to prevent me. Maybe film and media has desensitised us to precisely what an incredible powerful emotional experience killing someone would be. I know it wouldn't be a natural action for myself, no matter what theoretical provocation surrounded any given situation.
  12. Jul 20, 2003 #11
    I can kill a person in a situation of self-defense...I think...
    But I don't think this could be answered without facing a likely situation.
    It is too difficult to imagine smt like it! To end another human being's life by your own hands...to do something which cannot be taken back, ever... Ok I don't know what to say exactly...
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    i would have to be in a situation where i felt severely threatened...
  14. Jul 20, 2003 #13
    I kill you like my lobster.
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    I couldn't even kill a chicken. But if I see a rape, chances are that I'll kill the rapist.
  16. Jul 20, 2003 #15
    am i the only person here who has ever fantisized about killing another person? i find myself sometimes walking through how i'd do it. usually it's only if the person is annoying me, but sometimes it's just a complete stranger or a friend. should i be worried?
  17. Jul 21, 2003 #16
    What if I told you everyone you kill goes to heaven. Or better yet, lol, er, what Arthur Kay says about his father.
  18. Jul 21, 2003 #17
    Damn, Hell hath no fury like M. Gaspar scorned!?

    I'll try to stay on your good side from now on :smile:
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  20. Jul 21, 2003 #19
    Was that a yes to the "have you" question? if so what where the circumstances for you killing th person(s)?
  21. Jul 22, 2003 #20


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    I can't say I've ever thought about killing someone who annoyed me. I go by a simple philosphy, "Don't get mad, get even" And if a person is annoying me, I'd rather get them even better, and have them around to laugh at, then maybe do it again.

    See, this way, instead of killing people, you let them live for your own personal entertainment.
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