Richard Wiseman posts a quiz on his blog. This type of quiz is used a lot in equality training to expose people’s prejudices. Often they try to get people to support saving a woman and child over a gay man or old man, or they try to get people to choose saving a surgeon over a disabled person or politician, or similar types of discrimination. Richard Wiseman’s was:
Time for a poll. The sinking of the Costa Concordia has made me wonder whether the old adage of ‘women and children first’ still applies. So, if you are a guy, imagine that you were on the ship. It is sinking and there are a limited number of lifeboats. You are not with your partner or children. Would you follow the ‘women and children first’ rule? Be honest – it is all anonymous! Vote now….
My answer is simple: save myself and the child
It would be against my ‘religion’ to put the woman and child before myself, which is based on a personal interpretation of the Abrahamic texts. I answered both questions by the way. Whilst my sex is man, my gender is 19% female and 81% male so I had a right to answer the one relating to females. So I voted that most men would put women and children they have no relationship with before themselves. But then most of these men are probably walkovers who are pathetic excuses for human beings.
Survival of the fittest – If there were only two spaces on the boat, I’d take the kid and let the woman drown. Neither she, nor any other person is more important than me – they are certainly not above God!