One comment on “Moral Dilemma Dialogue: The Imitation Game

  1. I agree with Nate. Even though it’s bad to let thousands of unsuspecting people die, it’s better to save as many lives as possible. In this case, Alan Turing & company had a difficult choice. They could alert British High Command about every decoded German radio communication, with the risk of letting the Nazis know their Enigma machine had been cracked. While saving the lives of thousands of people, they would run the risk of losing the war, which could lead to the deaths of millions more people. On the other hand, they could send only a few decoded German messages to the British High Command, letting the Nazis kill thousands of people, but keeping the fact that they had cracked Enigma secret so the Germans wouldn’t know what had happened.
    This is not a case of saving human life or allowing people to die. Whichever choice they would make, someone would die. When one has to choose between the lives of the minority or the majority, human life (which is precious) is lost. It is wrong to know the right thing to do and not do it, as Logan says, but more lives are saved this way. Alan’s team strived to do the best possible thing they could, calculating the minimum amount of messages were needed to win the war, while solving the maximum amount which would escape the notice of the Nazis. Their intentions were good, and they certainly didn’t use uncaring methods of achieving those ends. In the end, the work of Alan’s team shortened the war by 2 years and saved over 2 million lives.

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