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Comment author: thomblake 20 September 2012 01:45:09PM 0 points [-]

Agreed. With the caveat that I think all 'should's are that weak.

Comment author: Kindly 20 September 2012 02:32:48PM 0 points [-]

"If you see someone about to die and can save them, you should."

Now, you might agree or disagree with this. But "If you see someone about to die and can save them, you should, if it is convenient to do so and you haven't got something else you'd rather do with your time" seems more like disagreement to me.

Comment author: thomblake 20 September 2012 02:41:46PM 0 points [-]

I don't think so. I agree with that statement, with the same caveats. If there are also 100 people about to die and I can save them instead, I should probably do so. I suppose it depends how morally-informed you think "something else you'd rather do with your time" is supposed to be.