Aye, in the heat of the moment, most people probably would be too afraid to make a choice.
Hell, even I would have a moment of doubt. If that moment is long enough, bye bye all.
There's tons of factors that come in to play that we can only guess right now.
All I know is, if I am really really certain about the situation. I've thought about it, processed it, and know that this is exactly the situation and cutting myself off or letting go is the only way to prevent everyone from dying. Then I am certain I would let go.
The thing is, that clarity will most likely not be present for me in such a situation.
All those red-herring details, when all you had to ask was:
Would you sacrifice your life for another?
And the truth is, you are asking a conscious question, which requires an unconscious answer.
Only in a moment of truth like the one you described,
do we find out who we really are.
I contend that what many think they would do,
might just be the opposite of what they really would do.
which is why i dont even know what the poll count is...ive only been looking at the response, not the poll itself
the question would be 'would you sacrifice you own life for another' and then there would be SOOO many rationalizations without actual resolutions
this way, people need particular answers so they ask particular questions...so their thought process is actually directed towards an end...
also, based on the questions, i can take the thread whichever way i feel like...when this 'question' turned into a riddle, i stopped arguing and let that happen cuz i was at work and was talking to coworkers about leaving for lunch soon...
I've been in messed up situations where it could have resulted in death, and let me tell you, the instinct and will to survive is more potent than any held value system. Even the most docile fawn in the wilderness will fight you to the death in order to survive. This is why people get trampled when you scream 'fire' in a crowded building.
When it comes to dying vs. shame that you survived, I'll take the shame knowing that I can live long enough to come to terms with my decision later, in therapy or through liquor. I would fight and claw and bite my way to the top and in that moment, I wouldn't give a damn if all 4 people drop to their deaths beneath me. I ain't going out like that.
But of course, this would be the absolute last resort, not my first instinct - which would be to look for another alternative.
I love how a lot of NTs try to find ways around the situation. It's symbolic of how NTs are constantly thinking outside of the box.
If I was in this situation (yes, I know, I'm not an NT), I'd cut the rope without hesitation so they could live.
Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?