I believe that it is possible to consider the worthiness of taking some risk in an attempt to save another person's life, dependent upon the circumstances and conditions of the situation. However, as a person who loves life and is looking forward to many more years to come, I'd really have to challenge my integrity to arrive at an honest conclusion.
While, risking your own life to save another is heroic and noble; who is to truly say that one life is more valuable than another? In other words, when hypothetically faced with such a question are respondents really supposed to feel guilty if they chose not to risk their own life to save someone else's?
I believe that even hypothetically it could be a tough decision to contemplate.
I also wanted to include the fact as a reminder that there are some professions in which human beings are faced with this hypothetical situation on an ongoing and regular basis in real life; such as: fireman; bounty hunters; or soldiers. I'd also like to point out how stressful it must be for both those individuals and their loved ones, always wondering if today is the day that this person may not be reunited with their loved ones while preserving this ability for someone else and their loves ones due to the act of risking their own life to save another's life falling under the scope of their elected profession, or, line of duty.
When considering this hypothetical situation as a reality (also, a reality outside of a chosen profession (where an individual made a conscious decision to enter in to such a risky, life-threatening career field) for a living and salary), what factors would figure in to the equation when determining an answer?
Additionally, would the answer to this hypothetical situation be a constant or a variable?
In other words, if a person's answer was, "yes", would this answer change if the person's life to be saved was a stranger? Or, if the person's life to be saved was someone aged so much ... that it is probable to consider that their lifeline may soon expire anyway due to natural causes? What if it was someone you detested or that person hated you? What if the person was a loved one?
Lastly ... what if the person to be saved was staged as needing to be saved as part of an elaborate homicidal scheme concocted by a criminally insane person who just waited for someone with an unselfish heart to walk in to their evil trap to set them up just for the mere and sheer satisfaction of having that much control over a person's mind to manipulate the good-hearted person by means of deception in to selflessly risking and possibly losing their own life for what falsely appeared to be another human being on the verge of losing their life? Do people so cruel even exist outside of the theatrical realm? I'll leave that open for interpretation.
So ... just a few variables to consider before responding to the question.
Here are my final thoughts at this very moment ... after expressing and identifying just some of the possible variables in such a hypothetical situation, I believe that I would honestly have to say that short of determining how much of a percentage of a risk the situation was, I would have to place my own life at the highest place value, because if I didn't, who else would, and what about my loved ones and people who love me?
To conclude, the topic is not necessarily to evaluate right or wrong, selfish or not, but, rather to provoke critical thought and express and share your feelings on such a hypothetical matter with fellow bloggers. Also there is going to be a part 2 to this blog to follow soon.