Thursday, October 22, 2009

... In A Box.

There is a movie coming out called "The Box".

No, it's not that kind of movie. Get your mind out of the gutter.

Apparently, it's based on a classic morality question:

You receive a button in a box. If you press the button, you get one million dollars, BUT someone in the world that you don't know dies.

This is both a serious, thought-provoking theoretical situation and an incredibly stupid situation.

I would love for someone to send something like this to me.

Do you have any idea how fast I would press that button? Do they make clocks that measure piccoseconds?

It's a million dollars for me versus death for someone I don't know.

I know me. I like me.

Me would like a million dollars.

Sure, I'd feel bad for getting someone else murdered, but I'm sure that, with time, I could come to terms with that.

Do you know what would help? A yacht.

Besides, it's not really MY fault. Someone else sent me a button in a box.

They wouldn't even have to tell me about the million dollars. It's a button in a box. Who the hell wouldn't press it?

EerieVoice>> If you press the...

*click*

EerieVoice>> Wait... Did you just press the button?
[GM]Dave>> Yeah.
[GM]Dave>> It didn't do anything.
[GM]Dave>> Did I do it wrong?

*clickclickclick*

[GM]Dave>> I think it's broken.
EerieVoice>> STOP PUSHING THE BUTTON!
EerieVoice>> Now...
EerieVoice>> If you push the button, you will receive one million...

*clickclickclickclickclick*

EerieVoice>> You know what? Screw this.
EerieVoice>> I'm going to go kill someone now.

*click*

EerieVoice>> You're an asshole.

I'm sorry, but if you're planning some sort of moral dilemma in today's day and age, you have to be ready for people with no moral center. You have to be ready for people without a conscience or a soul.

Basically, you have to be ready for people like me.

I'm not kidding around. Go ahead and donate a million dollars and tell me you're going to kill someone.

You'll get a fan pack.

41 Comments:

At 6:11 PM, Blogger sRc said...

"I'm not kidding around. Go ahead and donate a million dollars and tell me you're going to kill someone.

You'll get a fan pack."

and, I'm pretty sure, the theme week too. bonus for them!

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Preacher said...

with my current financial situation, you're goddamned right I'd push that button.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Warewulf said...

Honestly, I think fewer people -wouldn't- push the button. If it were someone you knew or you had to watch them die, I'm sure it would be a much harder question, but if a tree falls in the forest and it hits a mime, does anyone care?

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Man if they didn't get the theme week I am totally in the wrong profession.

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Leut said...

And the only thing you don't know is that the next person who gets the box will decide if you live or die.

That's what I would do if I invented The Box. Here's you million dollars.

Now it goes to the next person. If they decide to push the botton (DUH) guess who dies. Yep. The previous decider.

Even if you didn't push the button, you'd be the next victim.

It is totally a win win situation for a sadistic killer like m- Um...someone like that. >.>

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Billlbo said...

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At 1:11 AM, Blogger Bufuman said...

No, it's not that kind of movie. Get your mind out of the gutter.

My mind spends so much time in the gutter, the gutter elected it the mayor. It also has a condo there.

Hehe, condo is one letter away from condom.

I'm pressing that button enough to kill everyone in China. I'll be rich AND I'll solve FFXI's gilseller problem, thus killing two birds with one button, er, stone.

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Music-chan said...

Being honest? I wouldn't be able to push the button. I need the money. I WANT the money. But I would NOT be able to live with myself knowing that I personally caused someone to die.

Shut up. Having a moral center is HARD, damnit! >.<

 
At 1:19 AM, Blogger Grenade71822 said...

1 million dollars please. Playing online games like wow and halo have destroyed my faith in humanity.

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

I agree with Dave. Most people that would end up with this box would open it see the button and press it without a second thought. Probably not even read the note or listen to the erie voice.

I'd open a box and hit a random button without much thought into what exactly it did. But it needs to be one of the big buttons that say "do not push this"

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger David said...

I would press that damn button without thinking. If someone unknown to me dies, its normal, its happening by hundred thousands every day all over the world, 1 more is just 1 more.

And for those that say the regret part and all that, maybe an action made by you allowed a situation like that.

The butterfly effect. The only difference is know or not know, anyway you end being guilty in some degree.

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Drekal said...

It's funny you should say that, honestly.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/44b3d8f432/the-button?rel=player

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Chrysalis said...

*sounds the buzzer* Wrong answer David. The difference is INTENT, not knowledge. You're just rationalizing which is sad. I have more respect for the people who can at least be honest and say they're callous enough not to care, you're just using poor logic to make yourself feel better about doing something that you know is technically wrong by most people's standards. *shrugs* Not saying I would or wouldn't, I believe it requires more thought for me, just saying that's faulty logic.

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Zell said...

I would not push the button, but your script made me laugh at work at my desk and my coworker is now annoyed with me. :P Good read.

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Josefina said...

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At 8:06 AM, Blogger Josefina said...

A person dies somewhere in the world everyday anyways. In fact, more than one person u don't know dies per day anyways.

Give me that god damned button.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Ulric said...

I think most of you never read the original story writed by Richard Matheson. You really should read it and then think again.

Because trust me on that one: you didn't understand the warning. A little tips... The sentence can be said in this way: "Someone in the world will die, but you don't know who".

The difference ? Well now it can be someone you actually know. A sister/brother, a wife, ...

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger Ulric said...

Oh yeah, by the way... It could also be you. And one million is not really usefull for dead people.

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger David said...

The orginial story ended with "Did you really think you knew your husband?"

The Twilight Zone episode ended with "We'll give the button to someone else. Don't worry, it'll be someone who you don't know."

Either way, the situation sucks, but money rocks.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Alucarda said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrKnhOJ-R80 , This short film has the same basic idea, although, as some of you previously said, it can be anyone, not just someone you don't know that gets killed.

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Blueyez said...

That is a really tough one. On the one hand 1 mil would certainly take care of all my problems and I'm a really simple person... I'd be quite happy with that. However, what if it was my brother, my best friend, my mother... I can't say I wouldn't do it but I'd definitely have to think about it.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Master said...

I'd push it.

Working in customer service really makes you hate people. Someone I don't know is a people. I say one less person to annoy me.

You think each time you press it you get another mil? That would be awesome.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I'm with Zell, I wouldn't push that.
Now, I work customer service, and I hate people too, but there's so much you don't know about this. Some guy shows up with a million dollars in a brief case? He probably has a gun with a silencer in his jacket to. Push it and he shoots you in the head. And the whole movie? The first 20 minutes is the box, the rest of it is BECAUSE they pushed the button. Obviously something retarded happened.

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Sword said...

I wouldnt do it because I was being paid a million. Id do it because it's a big SHINY red button. Seriously who could resist such a thing!

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Church said...

A million dollars and someone I don't know dies? Your damn right I'm pushing that button.

Someone I know dies, I still might push the damn button, depends on if I get to know who it is that I know or not. In some circumstances the money may just be a bonus.

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger Katherine said...

It would be better if I could pick who would die.

There are some people I know who if there wasn't some repercussion I'd make time to kill myself without the million dollars.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Kimberly-Ann said...

omg yay katherine totally agree

 
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At 3:32 PM, Blogger Atomic Skull said...

You mean you wouldn't immediately realize that the "person you don't know" is the last person who got the box?

I always thought it was silly that nobody in that story realized that. I see now that most people just aren't as suspicious as I am.

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger David said...

I would SO duct tape that sucker down for a week and enjoy being the richest man in the world...


Of course then I would probably be the only man in the world.. Which would make women a whole lot more desperate... Hmm...

Okay, wheres my freakin' button?

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Sean said...

I probably wouldn't push the button. Partly from the whole morality thing, btu partly because I don't want 1 million dollars. Well, not in that way. I'd love to earn a million dollars, but I wouldn't want to be given a million. Especially for killing someone.

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

Could not do it. I work in customer service and retail. I have for years, but I hate the stupidity more than I hate the people. Besides, that's someone's wife or husband, daughter or son, mother or father. Imagine if someone else got the box and your husband or whomever was the one to die.

Still, I laughed at this post.

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger Atomic Skull said...

I've always thought people in movies who don't see the obvious conclusion were unrealistically stupid. I see now that I was wrong.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Church said...

Yes, the person who dies was the last person who got the box.

The important question here is, "Why the hell do I care?".

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Atomic Skull said...

Because you're next in line.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Ulli said...

I'de press it.

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger RamblingDreamer said...

I couldn't do it. I wouldn't be able to live with myself, stranger or no.

I'd love $1 mil. I NEED $1 mil. But not at that cost. That's just too high a price for me.

There's enough death in the world without me knowingly (and hell, even gladly) contributing to it.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Chewie said...

I would so press that button. There are 6 billion people in the world and it can not be sustained. I would be a trillionaire in no time.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Chewie said...

I would so press that button. There are 6 billion people in the world and it can not be sustained. I would be a trillionaire in no time.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Mil'bereth said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVkhqf4Dxx4

Sorry if I ruined the end of the movie for anyone...

 
At 6:33 AM, Blogger Chrono Fantasy said...

And who knows... maybe you'll push the button and some criminal in jail for murder who is on trial for execution anyway will die if you push the button, and you get a million dollar for their death.

 

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