Perhaps hypocrisy and contradiction are just side effects of the human condition. The “trolley experiment” rated me 84 percent morally consistent. My real-life score would probably be less because it’s one thing making decisions from the comfort of an armchair and a whole different ballgame making a real-life snap decision to throw yourself on a grenade because you consider yourself morally obliged to save the lives of millions.
Anyway, you can put your own morals to the test with this famous quiz by Judith Jarvis Thomson…
FOR THE INTERACTIVE, PHILOSOPHICAL EXPLORATION ON WHETHER YOU SHOULD KILL THE FAT MAN CLICK HERE… (It just takes two minutes)
Also, as an afterthought, do you think that a lot of people are influenced in their responses by the fact that the man is fat?