This scenario is made up of two parts.
Please write your answer for Part A before you answer Part B and when you comment, please break up your answer into Part A and Part B.
You are the head of a public health clinic in the urban core. An hour ago a toxic biological agent was seeded across the city by a low-flying crop-duster airplane.
The bio-agent is fast-acting and severely incapacitates in 90 minutes and kills in three hours. Everyone in the city is infected. Most are already dying in the streets as they choke to breathe in their mission to find help.
You are infected as well and your staff are either dead or missing.
A supply of antidote from the national government is due to be dropped into the city via parachute in five hours that will heal those who are not dead yet, but who have also swallowed a Magic Pill to keep them alive.
These Magic Pills are strategically scattered across the city in certain public health clinics. Magic Pills are expensive and brand new so they are in the initial delivery phase and are in short supply.
To stave off death until the antidote arrives, you have a supply of only three Magic Pills that will stop the advance of the toxic agent. If a person does not swallow a Magic Pill, death is guaranteed.
Your decision today is to pick which of the following seven people waiting outside your door — don’t forget to include yourself — will get a Magic Pill and who will die in front of you. You have 60 seconds to make your decision so those you choose to live will have the best chance for survival:
An Old Woman
The Chief of Police
A Mother and Her Young Child
The Homeless Man You Feed Every Day
The High School Basketball Star
Who gets your three Magic Pills? Don’t forget to include yourself in your calculation. You must assign all the Magic Pills right now. After you have made your decision and cemented it as Part A of your comment, please scroll 2,000 pixels down this page and answer Part B.
PART B: In your mind you have privately assigned the three Magic Pills and the moment you are ready to announce your decision and distribute the pills —
Your Mother Your Spouse Your Child
— burst into the clinic!
They are all infected as well.
They each need a Magic Pill to live — without one they will die. Now who do you pick? Does your previous decision change or not? Which three of the 10 people now before you get the Magic Pill? Don’t forget to include yourself in the decision process.
What do you say to those you did not pick?
Please make your answer to Part B of this scenario separate from your Part A answer in your comment so we can see the logic and the emotion of your thought process. Don’t forget to explain why you made your decisions for each person in both Parts A and B.