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August 8th, 2006
01:44 pm

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Pick one

Right-but-dead
17(27.4%)
Wrong-but-alive
45(72.6%)

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From:lavendersparkle
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
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If I'm alive I have the chance to change my views.
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From:zebbiejohnson
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Right but dead is often also Wrong, because of the knock-on effects of your actions and death on others. Sadly, heroics hurts.
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From:phlebas
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
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No compromise - always start with the outside set of cutlery!
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From:edith_the_hutt
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Upon futher thought I'd like to add the proviso: Depending on circumstances
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From:smhwpf
Date:August 8th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Depends on the importance of the issue and one's own position on it! If the question is "Should you put Jews on the trains to the gas chambers" then I'll go for Right-but-dead. If it's "What is the wing speed of an unladen African swallow", then Wrong-but-alive.

Actually, I was once threatened with death by a roommate when I was about 12 over the question of how many days it was till Christmas. (We were a sort of commune, and had another family staying with us, who had a boy my age). He insisted you should today as well as Christmas itself in the total, I insisted that you shouldn't. He sought to settle the argument by drawing his bow and arrow on me, and holding me at bay with it for half an hour. He was a bit of a strange kid.
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From:ghoti
Date:August 9th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
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<raise hand> This one votes according to mood for that. I hate being wrong, and when I filled in the poll I was also in the midst of a depressive fit. Wouldn't make a difference.

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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:August 8th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Being right is very important to me, probably much more so than most people. Even about trivial things. And certainly there are some things I think are worth dying for. But without the choice in front of me, I can't know: I'd probably wimp out.
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From:sashajwolf
Date:August 8th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Wrong-but-alive if we're talking factually right or wrong. Right-but-dead if we're talking ethically right or wrong, but that's not to say I'd have the courage to go through with that in real life.
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From:pavanne
Date:August 8th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Amen to that.
From:neonchameleon
Date:August 8th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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It depends what the cause is. There are causes that I will lay down my life for - but for most circumstances, there's a short piece of verse that starts:

Here lies the body of William Jay
Who died defending his right of way

I will steal to preserve my life or the lives of others - but I will not murder. (I put Wrong but alive - but really need more context).
From:ex_robhu
Date:August 8th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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*is amused by Sally's poll*
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:August 8th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Wrong-and-alive. To paraphrase Patton, it isn't about dying for what you believe in - it's about making the other guy die for what you don't.

(OTOH, I half expect that I'll end up getting stabbed in a bar because I never back down on something I believe in...)
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From:claroscuro
Date:August 8th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Right-but-dead is an ideal for me - I've never had to put it to the test.

Possibly not right-but-$OtherThings, mind... but *shrug* who can tell where the line is? I find right-but-crippled much more frightening than right-but-dead.

I generally believe that the ends do not justify the means, although my inner cynic is sometimes quite grumpy about me doing so...

This was nicely cryptic given my LJ-reading style, since I read the previous posts after voting, but before replying...
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From:randomchris
Date:August 9th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
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If you're alive and nobody else is dead as a result, you probably got it right.
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