What’s right and what’s wrong? Good or evil? Morally acceptable or morally outrageous?
There are so many scenarios to consider, but here are just a few to get you started.
1. Why is it so easy to overlook the mass suffering in the world?
2. Should we have the right to end our own lives?
3. Two parents decide to raise their son as a girl (or vice versa) – should they be allowed to if it will cause the child identity issues when they are older?
4. If it were guaranteed to reduce violent crime by 30%, should everyone have to give a DNA sample to the police? What if it were 80%?
5. Is it ever just to sacrifice the life of one innocent person in order to save the lives of 5 innocent people? What if taking one life would save 100 lives? Is the decision made easier if the person being sacrificed were a convicted murderer? Would you be more willing to sacrifice an adult than you would be to sacrifice a baby? Would you sacrifice your own life?
6. If you learned that your father was cheating on your mother (or vice versa), would you tell your mother knowing that it would leave her unhappy for the rest of her life, or stay quiet if your father promised he’d never do it again?
7. Is it ok to perform experiments on animals if it means saving human lives? Does the type of animal matter?
When you’re chatting to friends or acquaintances, you could talk about the usual things such as work and TV and the news, or you could dive into something a little deeper.
The topics and questions above are rabbit holes of possibility – as soon as you head down one, it inevitably leads to another and another.
So go on, try one on for size and see where the conversation takes you.